Audix DP5A Drum Microphone Kit (5 Mics)
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- June 2018: Highest Rated 5-Piece Drum Mic Kit
As the price of drum mics increase, the more specialized the contents of the package are. Case in point is the Audix DP5A which features a dedicated mic for the floor tom and a premium mic for the snare. While all three tom mics are dynamic hypercardioid, the D4 floor tom mic can handle more lows with its 40Hz-18kHz frequency response, compared to the 68Hz-18kHz response of the two D2 tom mics. The D6 kick drum mic's frequency response is 30Hz-15kHz and it has a cardioid polar pattern. Finally, the Audix i5 dynamic cardioid mic handles the snare with its 50Hz-16kHz response. Rounding up this mic package are four D-Vice gooseneck clips and an aluminum case that holds it all together.
- Microphones: 1 x D6 Kick Drum Mic, 2 x D2 Tom Mics, 1 x D4 Floor Tom Mic, 1 x i5 Snare Mic
- Accessories 4 x D-Vice gooseneck mic clips, Aluminum Case
This microphone package gets most of its commendations from drummers who are satisfied with its overall sound. The i5 snare mic in particular gets a lot of positive mentions, along with the D4 floor tom. Some even report that it sounds so good out of the box, there was no need for any EQ. Drummers also report that because of its good dynamic range, it's not limited to specific musical/playing styles.
Other than a few who feel that the price is outside their budget, there aren't any noteworthy complaints.
If you are looking for a drum mic package that captures more of the nuances of your acoustic drum kit and your playing, then check out the DP5A from Audix.