For my two overheads the Audix ADX-51 and a pair of the Rode NT-1 for room mics fit perfectly for what I want recorded in MY living room. So does anyone have experience with the KSM44's as drum kit overheads? I'm considering KSM32 (SHURE), SM81 (SHURE), KM184 (NEUMANN). I've heard compliments on drum overhead but I still cannot sure about this mic. Problem with Shure sm81 If this is your first visit, be sure to check out the FAQ by clicking the link above. The Shure SM81 is a high-quality, directed condenser microphone with cardioid directivity designed for studio recording, broadcasting, TV recordings and public addressing. It was a secondhand one and I used it as a SDC on accoustic guitar. Gave a big sound, but we ended up going with a couple Shure SM81's instead. Audix D4 on the floor toms and a D6 with Rode M5 on the Bass drum. You may have to register before you can post: click the register link above to proceed. How about KSM32 on piano and vocal? Second question: So one of the first mics I bought was a sm81. Its very linear, wide frequency range, low inherent noise and low noise sensitivity at high-frequencies, have made the SM81 the standard for recording acoustic instruments such as guitar, piano and drums. I'm currently looking for overhead mic for live and studio. Any experience with those microphone? They'll be used as overheads to track drums for all genres, and they'll be my main SDC's Rode NT55's Shure SM81's Sennheiser e614's Sennheiser e914's Shure KSM137's Shure KSM141's AKG C451's ChrisH, Feb 8, 2012 #1. The Shure SM-81 drum mic is a good alternative to the large-diaphragm condenser when it comes to recording drum overheads. I've used them quite a bit lately in the same applications I'd use SM81s. These mics are GREAT. Rode M5 on the snare. First question: Which would you use as drum overhead mics, a pair of shure sm81 or a pair of oktava mk012? Best Use: Drum Overheads, Hi Hats, Snare, Percussion, Cymbals. You can also use it … They were thinner sounding, but the drummer preferred that to the sound of the KSM44's. I'm using the Glyn Johns method for the set up and I don't like sizzle or bright drums, but I do like punch and snap. Tried a pair of KSM44's for overheads on a drum kit. According to Shure, they were designed to mimic the SM81 in cardioid. Traditionally, you would see these on acoustic guitar or as drum overheads in some picture of a session in the 80's or early 90's it seems. RemyRAD Member. Shure SM81-LC. method recomends large diaphragh mics like the SM27, and the SM81 is a bit of a standard. I've got a Beta 52 just inside the kick and an SM57 on top of the snare. Compare price @ Amazon or Sweetwater. A Rode M5 on the hi-hats from below with an Audix ADX-51 on top. Now I am planning to multitrack record some drums. Joined: Sep 26, 2005. Since I live in the UK, their price are about the same in pair. I'm leaning towards the KSM137s, but the G.J. Audix D2 on each rack tom. Hi there Chris.