Snare Drum Mic Shootout

Every month or so a bunch of local Baltimore Producers and Engineers get together at Mobtown to talk shop (and drink beer) in what we call the Baltimore Recording Club. We talk about projects we’re working on, critique mixes and chat about records we all love. This time around (last winter) we did a snare drum mic shootout with all the typical (and then some others) mics we had at our disposal.

The details: 1980s 6.5″x14″ Ludwig Supraphonic -> Mic (angled as such as above) -> Universal Audio 710 Preamp -> Logic 9. We used no compression or EQ and leveled out the mics so there was relative consistency. We aren’t scientists, so this shoot out wasn’t and exact science. But you get the idea. We wear jeans. Not lab coats.

Thanks to Frank Corl (for being one of the best drummers in Baltimore, as well as playing killer quarter notes for the shootout), Dawn Dineen, Brandon Lackey, Aaron Wold, Evan Kornblum, Greg Hatem & Austin Stahl.

I guess what we learned was that there is no “best mic” for anything. That said, if the drummer is good enough too, the mic is secondary.