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Showroom: Shure PG Alta Drum Microphone Kits

The PG ALTA line of microphones offers advanced design features for professional sound at a budget-conscious price. The complete family includes fourteen new products, including models and pre-packs for drums. “PG ALTA microphones are designed for anyone seeking great sound,…

Modern Drummer
Apr 2, 2015

VIDEO LESSON! Electronic Insights: Drum Miking 101, Part 4: Four Mics

This post is excerpted from the complete article that appears in the May 2015 issue. Electronic Insights Drum Miking 101 Part 4: Four Microphones by John Emrich At this point in the series, you should have a good idea of…

Modern Drummer
Mar 31, 2015

Shure Microphones at NAMM 2015 (VIDEO)

In this video from NAMM 2015, Shure Incorporated’s Soren Pedersen guides us through Shure’s new products for 2015, including the new ShurePlus Motiv line of USB and iOS-compatible products and a plethora of new PGA microphones. The MV88 is a…

Modern Drummer
Feb 18, 2015

Showroom: Blue Hummingbird Small-Diaphragm Condenser With Rotating Head

With a precisely tuned diaphragm based on Blue’s B1 capsule, the Hummingbird is a versatile and precision-engineered Class A small-diaphragm microphone said to be ultra-responsive and to deliver extended frequency response, making it an ideal studio and stage solution for…

Modern Drummer
Feb 13, 2015

Electronic Insights: Drum Miking 101, Part 1: Single-Microphone Setups (From the January 2015 Issue)

by John Emrich In this series of articles we’ll look at how to mike a drumset, starting with a single microphone and adding one each time until we arrive at a complete close-mike configuration. The idea behind the series is…

Modern Drummer
Dec 11, 2014

Electronic Review: Lewitt Audio DTP Pro 7 Drum Mic Pack and LCT Condensers (From April 2014 Issue)

by John Emrich Direct from Lewitt Audio, we have a new entry in the drum microphone market, the DTP Beat Kit Pro 7, plus a pair of LCT 240 side-address condensers. Let’s jump right in. The DTP Beat Kit Pro…

Modern Drummer
Feb 25, 2014

VIDEO! In the Studio: Seeing Sounds, Part 5: Specialty Mics (November 2013 Issue)

  by Donny Gruendler In the first four installments of this series we discussed very broad ideas for achieving stylistically appropriate drum sounds, from pop-rock to traditional jazz. Each setup employed different drums, head selections, and tunings, and we used…

Modern Drummer
Sep 26, 2013

The Making of Alicia Keys’ "Girl on Fire" with Indie Studio Drummer Dylan Wissing

In this video, session drummer Dylan Wissing shares the story behind the making of the drum tracks on R&B superstar Alicia Keys’ hit single “Girl on Fire.” Dylan Wissing is a Hoboken, New Jersey–based drummer who operates his own recording…

Modern Drummer
Jul 23, 2013

Seeing Sounds, Part 2: The Deep, Fat “Thud??? (UPDATED)

July 2013 In the Studio Seeing Sounds Part 2: The Deep, Fat “Thud” by Donny Gruendler There’s been a trend in recent years of drummers going for deep, dark, heavily muffled tones, whether in indie rock or mainstream pop. Steve…

Modern Drummer
Jul 1, 2013

Electronic Insights: Minimal Miking Techniques

May 2013 Electronic Insights Minimal Miking Techniques One-, Two-, and Three-Mic Setups for a More Natural Sound by Mark Parsons   Whether you use the term “minimal,” “organic,” “old school,” or “vintage,” there’s definitely a renewed interest in capturing that…

Modern Drummer
Mar 20, 2013

Sennheiser Evolution e900 Series Microphones

January 2013 Electronic Review Sennheiser Evolution 900 Series Microphones by Butch Jones I’ve been recording drums for a very long time, and I’ve always had at least one Sennheiser microphone as part of my setup. Usually it’s an MD 421…

Modern Drummer
Nov 21, 2012