Does size matter? When it comes to drum mics, there isn't a clear answer to that question. That's because microphones, like the drums themselves, are a matter of taste and you're free to customize the way you want. And sometimes, the difference between two mic models has as much to do with the electronics inside it as it does with the diaphragm size. That being said, there are a few general tendencies that distinguish large-diaphragm drum microphones like the ones in this section, and set them apart from their smaller cousins. Knowing the difference can definitely help you make the right choice to add to your drum set.
One of the key traits of large-diaphragm mics is that their low-frequency response is usually deeper. That's why you'll see lots of kick drum mics here, such as the Heil Sound PR 48 Kick Drum Microphone and the CAD KBM412 Bass and Kick Drum Microphone. A typical setup might match one of those with a set of small-diaphragm mics on the smaller drums, or you can use models like the MXL A5s Dynamic Snare Drum Microphone and the MXL A-5t Dynamic Tom Drum Microphone to help extract a more authoritative tone from them. These mics also have a stronger proximity effect than smaller diaphragms, which helps to accentuate the low frequencies even more.
The truth is that large-diaphragm drum microphones might just be the most versatile type of drum mic. Mounted near the drums, they can deliver a big punch of depth and thump. Or, you could use one of these microphones for overhead miking if you want to prevent the cymbals from overwhelming the toms. Those are just two situations where a large-diaphragm drum mic really shines, and there are plenty of others - so when you're looking for the best microphone for your setup, it definitely pays to consider how you play and how deep you want your drum sounds. From there, you'll be that much better-prepared to make a choice.
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