How To Position Your Snare Drum Mic
The Best Way To Mic Up Your Snare Drum
Forget fancy microphones and lots of effects. If you want your drum track sounding good you need to make sure the original sound source is the best it can be. Below are a few steps to follow to ensure the position of your snare drum microphone is placed effectively.
Playability - ensuring the microphone placement does not hinder your playing
Isolation- limiting your snare drum microphone picking up any other sound than the snare drum
And here is how you can achieve this:
When experimenting with the positioning, distance and angle of your microphone, remember that playability is one of the three key principals of micing up your snare drum correctly and you must be able to play as normal without them getting in your way. Most snare microphones are not designed for taking a beating with your sticks and this can cause unnecessary damage. If you find this to be a problem then the Shure Beta 57A features a hardened grille that is a lot more robust.
Which Microphone Is The Best?
As mentioned previously, an expensive microphone doesn't always mean the best results. A lot of the magic is in the placement and process - but once you get all that right, that's when the quality of the microphone can have a difference. Here is our top 3 recommendations for both professional and home studios, ordered from lowest to highest in price.
Shure SM57 - You will find the SM57 in most studios around the world. Some sound engineers swear by these for both vocals and instruments, and they make a great snare mic that are extremely reliable and affordable for the amount of uses you will get out of it.
Beyerdynamic M 201 TG - Another workhorse found in many studios over the years, the 201 is extremely sensitive and is known to still sound great when placed at a distance, which makes this great for drummers with bad aim.
AKG C414-XLS - This high-end condenser microphone was the 2014 Sound on Sound award winner and the tone you can get with this is amazing. Slightly more bulky than the others, and a lot more expensive. Recommended for professionals who have mastered the art of placement and are ready for the step up to expensive microphones.