As part of my gear review of Shure’s Beta Drum Mics, I put together a video to demonstrate the differences that you can hear (and see). SM57s are typically the snare drum mic of choice in the recording studio, but the Betas make for a great alternative, and their sizes are super convenient and easier to use.

Since this review and video, I’ve been using some vintage Shure Unidyne IIIs on snare drum for recording, so I’ll have to do a video on those at some point.

I enjoy hearing what others have to say about drum recording techniques and gear that they use, so please comment below. Now for the video

 



The best way to check out recording gear is in your own studio where you know the environment, the live room, and you know intimately how your instruments sound. Especially with microphones, you can really hear what they sound like and what character they bring to a familiar space. For me, engineering and sound design is all about experimenting with sound, and learning what’s possible, so I’ll jump at the opportunity to geek out with gear. Lucky for me a had a whole set of new Sure Beta Microphones.

Recordinghacks.com is a tremendous resource for microphones, and they have a plethora of reviews, specs, and audio files to listen to. I’ve written a number of reviews for the site, including the one below.

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I asked my engineer friend Stan Katayama (Rage Against The Machine, Judas Priest, Paul Gilbert) if he’d lend me a hand and his ears to help out. We tested the Betas out in various ways including the ridiculous room mic test where we did a shootout with a vintage 70s Neuman U87, Shure SM57, JZ BT-201, and a Telefunken/AKG D19 (aka the Ringo mic).

The Beta mics we recorded with were the Beta 91, Beta 98AMP,  Beta 98A, and the Beta 181, It is an extensive review with lots of sound clips, video, and pictures.

Good times!

 

Read the full Shure Beta microphone review at recordinghacks.com

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An excerpt from a recording session I did for composer/arranger John Sawoski. 8:15am is never to early to rock out.

These are raw tracks (no plugins on the individual channels),  with just a little love from the Vertigo VSC-2 Compressor by Brainworx on the master bus in Pro Tools.

All cymbals by Istanbul Agop
All drum heads by Aquarian Drumheads

Instrument: Microphone / Mic Pre:

  • Kick: Shure Beta 52 / API
  • Snare top: Shure SM57 / Universal Audio 4110
  • Snare bottom: Shure Unidyne III / Universal Audio 4110
  • Toms: JZ BT-201s / API
  • Overheads: AKG 451s / API
  • Room mics: Oktava 219s (Michael Joly mod) / Universal Audio 4110