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Better Drum Sounds - the snare

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In helping you discover the keys to better sound, we'd like to share Part 3 of this series from Audix on using microphones on the drum kit. Sit back and enjoy How to Mic Drums - Snare Drum.

The Audix i5 is one of our favorite snare drum microphones and it makes lots of people's lists as their favorite.  And at $99.95, the i5 is a great way to enhance the sound of your drum kit, whether you need just a snare mic or something for the entire kit.  The i5 is also great for saxophone, horns, and percussion. 

 

Personal Mixer Headphone Extensions

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Headphone extensions have been the bane of many a sound engineer's existence. The cables on IEMs are never long enough to get from the musician's head to the Aviom or M-48, which means we need to provide some sort of extension cable. In the past, I've tried buying 1/4" headphone extensions and used 1/4" to 1/8" adapters, but those cheap, off-the-shelf adapters are very stiff and the adapters don't always work.

Recently, we've tried making our own. I found some super-thin cable and put a 1/4" TRS on one end with an 1/8" cable end on the other. Those worked well; at least until the 1/8" ends started failing -- which was about week 3. We then switched to regular cable (Mogami 2792) with a TRS on the PM end, and a locking 1/4" cable end with 1/4" to 1/8" adapter on the other. We even zip-tied a carabiner to the musician's end so they could clip to to their belt loops. Those work OK, but we've still had issues with the adapters (usually the left side cuts in and out).

While walking the trade show floor at WFX, I was tipped off to a possible solution

Read more: Personal Mixer Headphone Extensions

   

Do you really know how to use a vocal microphone?

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Audix has released the first in a series of three videos that showcase proper vocal microphone technique.  This video is a must-watch for members of your band or worship team, especially new members.  As you know, you can try to teach people about microphone technique yourself, or you have a video from an outside source say the exact same thing and they'll buy it -- hook, line and sinker. 

Please make use of this tool provided by Audix.

   

Earthworks DP30/C - To call this a Tom Mic would be like calling the Mona Lisa a Painting

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That subject line caught my attention.  Maybe the author should write marketing materials, as opposed to microphone reviews.  If you're interested in reading more about a really high-quality drum microphone, check it out.  I don't think that I could even begin to write a review like this, so I'll remind you that I didn't.

This reviewer admits to some "pointless digressions" but I thought that his observations were worth a read.   If nothing else, I liked this comment in review of the new and improved DP30 snare & tom drum mic.

A point of interest is that the reviewer provides links to mp3's of non-drum recordings made with the DP30 so that you can hear the quality and versatility of the DP30.

Designed as a tom microphone, the DP30/C features a new and strengthened flexneck to better resist movement and aid positioning, along with a new machined "aluminum conic capsule back" to deflect direct stick hits, and the fastest transient response of any drum mic across 30hz-30khz. That last part is according to Earthworks, but I have no reason to not believe them.

The DP30 can also be purchased with or without the RM1 rim mount bracket. $799 without the RM1 and $999 with the RM1.

Call us or click here for more information about this and other High Definition Earthworks products.

   

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