Many of us have read about the stellar, well-populated microphone cabinets of famous big studios that were used to record famous big albums. Fabulous luxury-mic manufacturers such as Neumann, Telefunken, Earthworks, and Coles get tossed around in these articles, and, yeah, you probably can’t afford their epic price tags.
Down market a bit, there are excellent and mostly affordable pre-selected mic kits for drums. We reviewed the $2,999 Earthworks DK7 in May 2021, and other offerings span from the $999 Audix DP7 to the $799 sE Electronics V Pack Club kit to Shure’s PGADRUMKIT5 for $299, and the almost-impossibly priced new Behringer BC1200 7-piece mic set for $99.
But what if you’re a GarageBand (or other free recording software user) who wants to track drums at home without spending two- to six-month’s worth of groceries? (Let’s set the Behringer kit to the side for a moment.) Well, thanks to some very affordable mics and Glyn Johns’ three-mic drum recording method, you can rock your room without shaking too many virtual bills out of your online wallet.