Guitar

Best Tom Mic

AKG C414 EB
The’menacing’ AKG C414 EB is considered to be one of the finest microphones ever made, providing great results in basically any situation and it is no surprise that it also shines when it comes to recording toms. This large-diaphragm condenser is renowned for its multiple pickup patterns, exceptionally balanced frequency response and immense versatility, providing great recordings for the last 40+ years. Featured here we have the next version of the C414, version”EB”, which has four polar patterns (omni, cardioid, hypercardioid & fig.8) and introduced a switchable low pass filter (12dB/octave at 75 or 150 Hz). This model retained the renowned CK-12 capsule and the super clean solid-state electronics. Our customers really love the classic models and thoroughly recommend them, but if you’re out of luck or patience looking for them you may want to look at the current-production XLS or XLII models, which are very respectable mics as well – it’s hard to go wrong with any C414! Read our user reviews of the XLS version.

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AKG D 19
The AKG D 19 dates back to the 1960s and has been used by many engineers on countless records since then. There are two iterations of this mic, the version”C” (featured) and the”E”, with the first using the old 3-pin Tuchel connector and impedance of 200Ω, and the latter containing variable impedance and an XLR connector. Model”C” is also 20cm shorter than version”E”. Both models have the same dynamic cardioid polar pattern with great rear-side rejection and a frequency response of 30-16000 Hz, that is mostly flat until the mid century, where it picks up a bit until 10 kHz. They also feature a constant low-frequency attenuator from 0dB to -10dB at 50Hz controlled by a ring placed in the mics’ neck. These mics have been discontinued for a long long time and may be somewhat hard to find but they’re definitely worth chasing.

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Audio-Technica ATM25
Audio-Technica’s ATM25 is a highly competent dynamic mic tailored for close range applications. This microphone tackles loud sources without difficulty, provides great off-axis rejection (thanks to its hypercardioid polar pattern) and shows a frequency response from 30Hz to 15kHz with a notable presence increase in the upper mids which will give those toms a great degree of’detail’. Its diminutive size must also assist with placement on most drum kits. The ATM25 is a trustworthy mic which delivers excellent value, but sadly it was discontinued a few years ago – it has been replaced with the ATM250, a similar mic which should get you in exactly the same ballpark for the exact affordable price. Read our user reviews.

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Audio-Technica AT4033/CL
One of our community’s favourite”bang for buck” microphones is your AT4033/CL, a’medium’-diaphragm cardioid condenser from Audio-Technica that is highly regarded by our members as a mic that delivers great results without breaking the bank. This mic is known for its’signature’ clean and elegant sound with great transient response. The AT4033/CL presets a transformerless design with very low self-noise, a frequency response stretching from 30 to 20,000 Hz with loads of detail and it takes on loud sources nicely, handling up to 145dB of sound pressure levels, which will work great when recording toms. It also features a 12dB/octave low-cut filter at 80 Hz and -10dB attenuation pads. This is a mic that punches well above its weight and a excellent choice for the budget-conscious studio as it’s certainly useful on more than just drums. Read our user reviews.

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Beyerdynamic M201TG
Beyerdynamic’s M201TG is widely praised by our users as among the very best”universal” dynamic microphones out there, and it’s not surprising that it also excels on toms. The M201TG is well known for its crisp sound with a neutral frequency response from 40Hz to 18kHz and it shows great isolation using its hypercardioid pattern, which should help a lot with unwanted bleed from cymbals and other drum kit parts. The small footprint should also help with positioning and with a sturdy build it’s a reliable mic that should last for ages. Definitely a fantastic choice for engineers searching for a great tom mic which can also do many other things equally well. Importantly, it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg! Read our user reviews.

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CAD Sound M179
The CAD M179 is the budget-conscious choice on the list and a pleasant surprise to get great sounding toms in a comparatively low price. This large diaphragm condenser mic presents variable polar patterns, going through the traditional types (cardioid, omni, fig.8) – and anything in between them, making it highly versatile. Additionally, it features very low self-noise, a wide frequency response from 10Hz to 20khz, a gentle 6dB/octave low-cut filter at 100Hz and a convenient -20dB gain pad switch. The M179 is often thought of as an affordable alternative to more expensive mics and an option which shouldn’t be overlooked at any price, but certainly when you’re searching for mics with the a budget in mind. Read our user reviews.

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Neumann U 67
It doesn’t get more slutty than the venerable Neumann U67 on a tom-tom! This classic mic has a tonne of background and a comprehensive’mileage’ that very few other mics can dream about. This LDC mic presents three polar patterns (omni, cardioid, fig.8), which gives it enormous versatility, and it was among the first mics designed with close-positioning in mind, including a -10dB attenuation pad, fixed roll off at 30Hz and a switchable high pass filter in 100Hz to make it more convenient to use under these conditions. The frequency response is very balanced from 40Hz to 16kHz, with a gentle lift in the top end that will help bring out all those fine details from your toms. For many good reasons it’s among the most trusted knives ever produced. If there’s a drawback, it is that you need to start saving your pennies now since it’s going to cost… a lot!

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Sennheiser MD 421-II
Considered a”go-to” mic in regards to recording toms, the Sennheiser MD 421-II is one of this community’s favourites microphones, constantly recommended for many applications. This dynamic cardioid mic is known for handling high sound pressure levels (SPL) with ease while keeping its own characteristics mostly unaffected, presenting a frequency response that is nearly flat from 30Hz to 17kHz. Like many other dynamic microphones it displays a rather pronounced proximity effect, which can be counterbalanced with a five-position bass roll-off switch located near the XLR connector that helps to keep the frequency balance in check. The MD 421 has existed for many decades, it’s a mic widely trusted by many professionals and the fantastic thing is that it’s comparatively not that expensive. Read our user reviews.

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Sennheiser MD 441-U
Another common sight on most drum kits across the globe is that the Sennheiser MD 441-U, which may be somewhat be described as a”condenser microphone disguised as a dynamic” given its awesome amount of detail and a sound that’s as classy as its looks. This microphone presents a supercardioid polar pattern, a frequency response that extends all the way from 30Hz to 20kHz and a terrific tolerance for high SPL, which should be great for any toms – even with the heaviest-hitting drummers. Additionally, it features a built-in pop filter and bass roll-off change with five positions, which just like from the MD 421-II can be helpful to deal with the inevitable proximity effect. Definitely a fantastic choice for any studio but quality this high does not come cheap.

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Shure KSM32
Allegedly a favourite of Steely Dan engineer Roger Nichols and also”one of Shure’s finest mics” – according to the Gearslutz membership – the KSM32 is a large-diaphragm condenser equipped with an acclaimed Mylar capsule and highly regarded for its clean and accurate sound that greatly surpasses its price tag. The KSM32 features a wide frequency response from 20Hz to 20kHz that is ruler flat from 30Hz around 2 kHz, where it picks up with a couple gentle peaks across the upper mids and highs. This is a mic built with versatility in mind, with a three-stage pop reduction grill, a -15dB gain pad and an interesting high pass filter, with options for -6dB/octave in 155 Hz and -18 dB/octave at 80 Hz, all attributes that help to build a true workhorse. Available in champagne (featured) and charcoal-gray finishes. Read our user reviews.

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