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High End Overheads: Are You Missing Out?

Brandon Drury —  July 14, 2009

Gefell M930 vs Karma K10Gefell M930 vs Karma K10 On Drum Overheads
As many of you know, I’ve been busting my tail on my 8-book opus/series entitled Killer Home Recording that I believe is going to change the face of home recording as we know it. (Okay, it’s just a collection of Ebooks, maybe changing mankind is a bit of an exaggeration.) I’m sifting through shootout after shootout after shootout to illustrate the most important of audio recording concepts. I’ve decided to give this one away for free to RecordingReview.com members and give a little exposure to Karma, who generously sent me their entirely line of excellent bang-for-the-buck microphones.

In the blue corner:
Gefell M930s – We are talking about $2k microphones from East Germany. (Yes, I’m aware that Berlin Wall fell decades ago.)

In some other colored corner:
Karma K10s – We are talking about $100 microphones from….I don’t know where. I’m guessing they are not East German.

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Brandon Drury quit counting at 1,200 recorded songs in his busy home recording studio. He is the creator of RecordingReview.com and is the author of the Killer Home Recording series.
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One response to High End Overheads: Are You Missing Out?

  1. I have tried small diaphram mics for drum overheads. They capture the cymbals very well and the stereo image is quite good. I recently upgraded to a tube mic for overheads–Instead of a pair of mics I went with MS
    stereo–this required a MS stereo matrix, but the results were outstanding. I used an AKG 414 as my figure 8 mic–
    but I think a fig 8 Ribbon mic would be a good choice as well. The benefit of the tube mic is the way it picks up the snare and toms. You lose the left to right image
    but the whole kit comes through–this reduces the number of
    mics/preamps needed. With the MS on top and a kick drum mic
    you can get the entire drum kit. That’s 3 channels with no
    phase issues — perfectly in balance–I did add a snare mic under the snare(reverse phase) this helps at mix down–
    I can assign reverb to the snare–plus it helps tweak the sound, but 90% of the snare sound comes from the overhead.
    Needless to say you need a good drummer–one who plays with control. But you need that anyway–Best way to get a good drum sound is to get a good drummer. That will never change.