Sontronics unveils three new drum mics: DM-1B, DM-1T and DM-1S

The DM-1T, DM1s and DM1B
The DM-1T, DM1s and DM1B

Dorset-based manufacturer Sontronics has unveiled a trio of new drum microphones ahead of Frankfurt Musikmesse 2011.

The DM-1T and DM-1S are small diaphragm pencil-style condensers designed for tom and snare drums respectively. Both cost £119.99 including a metal drum mount
and mic clip.

The DM-1B is a large diaphragm, end-fire condenser for kick drums. It can cope with up to 150dB, so it's also usable with bass cabs. The DM-1B costs £299.99 with an aluminium flightcase.

Read on for the full press release, and go to Time + Space's Sontronics section for detailed spec.

Press release

"Dorset-based Sontronics, who enjoyed recent success and critical acclaim with the stunning Saturn multi-pattern condenser mic, has moved further into application-specific miking with the release of three condenser microphones designed specifically for drums: the DM-1T, DM-1S and DM-1B.

"The DM-1T and DM-1S are small-diaphragm pencil-style condenser mics designed to work on tom (DM-1T) and snare (DM-1S). With a cardioid polar pattern and switchable -15dB pad, the characteristics of each mic have been tailored to pick up those specific nuances from the different drums. Each mic comes with a metal drum mount and mic clip.

"Meanwhile, the DM-1B is a large-diaphragm, end-fire condenser mic that can cope with up to 150dB*(with the -15dB pad switched in)and comes in an aluminium flightcase. DM-1B is designed specifically for kick drum but also gives impressive results on bass instruments and bass guitar cabinets.

"The mics are available to buy individually, allowing producers to build up their set with extra tom or bass mics, as suits their specific needs, and perhaps throwing in a Sontronics STC-1S or a pair of Orpheus as the ideal overheads, as their budget allows.

"Mark Rankin, Producer/Engineer for Florence And The Machine, Friendly Fires, Adele and Plan B, was among the many producers who field tested the mics, he said,

"On a session for Friendly Fires' new album, we were recording drums and had two mics on the snare - the new Sontronics DM-1S and another famous brand side-address condenser that costs about ten times as much. We had to keep checking that the patching was correct because we thought the Sontronics mic sounded like the thousand-pound-plus microphone. Incredible."

"The DM-1T, DM-1S and DM-1B are all covered by Sontronics' lifetime warranty and come with a free download of Toontrack's EZdrummer Lite. All three microphones are available now from UK distributor Time+Space and authorised dealers."

Tom Porter worked on MusicRadar from its mid-2007 launch date to 2011, covering a range of music and music making topics, across features, gear news, reviews, interviews and more. A regular NAMM-goer back in the day, Tom now resides permanently in Los Angeles, where he's doing rather well at the Internet Movie Database (IMDB).