The best drum microphones in the world today
Welcome to our round-up of the best drum microphones, from affordable sets for budget-conscious players to high-quality recording solutions. Here we've gathered a small selection of our highest-scoring reviews for your browsing convenience.
All of the following gear has been given the stamp of approval - not to mention rigorous testing - by the venerable Rhythm magazine, scoring at least four out of five in the gruelling review process.
Click through the gallery to take a look at the mic sets we've selected and read the full in-depth reviews.
MXL Drum Microphones
Mics are equally critical to your overall sound and deserve the same deliberation and appreciation as the gear itself, with that in mind these are well worth a look.
FULL REVIEW:MXL 603, Cube, V67n and A-55 Kicker Microphones
Sontronics DM Drum Mics
As a set the Sontronics DM range blend well and capture a clear up-close picture of the drum kit with little need for EQ.They arewell-tuned drum mics that deliver balanced clarity right off the bat and keep EQing to a minimum.
FULL REVIEW: Sontronics DM Drum Mics
MXL Essentials Drum Recording Kit
MXL's two-mic Essentials Drum Recording Kit makes a refreshing change in a market full of five and seven-piece mic kits. The emphasis here is definitely on quality over quantity and both mics deliver professional results and won't require upgrading in the future.
FULL REVIEW: MXL Essentials Drum Recording Kit
DPA d:vote 4099 and MMC2011 microphones
While these mics are undoubtedly small in stature, their performance is truly professional and the above average prices are more than justified by the quality of sound on offer.
FULL REVIEW: DPA d:vote 4099 and MMC2011 microphones
Audio-Technica Drum Mics
Whether recording or working in a live environment, these mics are suited to both. There are cheaper options available from Audio-Technica but these review models are worth the extra expenditure.
FULL REVIEW: Audio-Technica Drum Mics
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Lewitt DTP Beat Kit Pro 7 Mic Kit
Lewitt's combined audio experience is evident in the Pro 7 kit. The innovative designs, road-proof build and excellent sound reproduction add up to a seriously impressive set of drum mics.
FULL REVIEW: Lewitt DTP Beat Kit Pro 7 Mic Kit
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Blue Microphones Drum Kit
"Less of an accessory than a serious tool for the drummer who records regularly (or even the studio owner who requires their capability), the mics are expensive but their exceptional performance justifies the outlay."
FULL REVIEW: Blue Microphones Drum Kit