How to Record Drums (and not just cymbals)

You've seen the T-shirt, right? Duct tape is like the Force: it has a light side, and a dark side, and it holds the universe together.

So, yeah, duct tape is great if you happen to work in the HVAC industry and you're trying to patch a leak. But it's a lousy way to control cymbal overload in the studio. Just because your drummer hits the cymbals too hard (and probably hits the drums too quietly!) doesn't mean you should reach for a roll of tape. Instead, use a microphone that pre-mixes the drums for you.

That's not just marketing hype. We're all about the science (not fiction). Specifically:

  • The Mini K47 has a narrower polar pattern at high frequencies. Position the mics so they're pointing at the drums, not the cymbals, and you'll mostly hear drums from your overhead track.
  • The Mini K47 has a presence bump in the upper mids, and a falling frequency response above 10kHz. It will naturally hear the tone of the drums and snare, while attenuating the cymbals.

Hear the Mini K47s on drum overheads in the video clip below.

(Quick personal story: as you probably saw in the video above, Glenn's former go-to OH mic was a particular small-diaphragm model that was the darling of the internets about 20 years ago. Ironically, that was my personal go-to OH mic too, until I tried the Mini K47 prototype on my own drums.)

Here's another demo video, featuring Glen Sobel (Alice Cooper, Hollywood Vampires) warming up, with a pair of Mini K47s on OH and a Roswell Delphos on kick. (Check out Glen's left hand!)

This clip uses much higher mic placement, which creates a roomier sound than a lower overhead placement would.

Mini K47 Testimonials

When we put the Roswell Mini K-47s up and had a listen, we were stunned. They have a smooth detailed sound, without being overly bright. The Mini K47 is warm, and don't sound inexpensive. It is a true "no-brainer" for anyone who is looking for a great mic at a great value.
Ross Hogarth, Grammy Award Nominated Engineer and Producer
The Mini K47s have such a great balanced top end. They are my go-to mics for drum rooms and acoustic guitars.
Geoff Neal, Sunset Sound
Roswell Mini K47

The Roswell Mini K47 at a glance:

  • Large-diaphragm condenser design means great detail, high output, and low noise
  • "K47" capsule captures the tone of the drums while naturally attenuating cymbal wash
  • Compact size makes it easy to hang above a drum kit (without needing a $300 mic stand to carry its weight)
  • Transformerless circuit topology reduces distortion, even for rimshots and drum transients
  • Smart design, careful assembly, and meticulous testing mean the mic just works
  • Includes Roswell's "Cutaway" shockmount and metal flightcase
  • USD $389 for a single mic
  • USD $899 for the factory matched pair (in a custom stereo case)

The Mixdown Online Review

Chris Selim of Mixdown Online tried the mics on vocals, guitar, and drums, and named the mic the best mic under $300. Here's his drum clip:

Bonus Video

Hear the Mini K47 on guitar cab, bass, and drum overheads in this incredible version of Little Wing.

Detailed Product Information

Find a full description of the circuit design, components, and specifications on the Mini K47 product page.