Audix FP7 Drum Microphone Kit (7 Mics)
This kit contains the following microphones from Audix's Fusion series: f2, f5 and f6 dynamic microphones and f9 condenser mics.
The three f2s are designed for rack and floor toms and are also used for brass, woodwind and other percussion instruments such as congas, djembe, bongos, and timbales.
The f5 is an instrument mic with a hypercardioid pick-up pattern that helps minimize feedback. It's designed for snare drums but it's also useful for timbales, bongos, guitar cabinets and acoustic instruments.
The f6 dynamic instrument mic is designed for kick drum, bass cabinets, cajon and other low frequency instruments.
The FP7 kit also contains two f9 all-purpose pencil condenser mics made for overheads and distance miking.
- Microphones: 3 x f2 Rack and Floor Tom Mics, 1 x f5 Snare Mic, 1 x f6 Kick Drum Mic, 2 X f9 Overhead Mic
- Accessories: 6 x DCLIP - Heavy duty mic clip, 1 x MC1 - Nylon mic clip, 4 x DFLEX - Dual pivot rim mounted clip with extra wide butterfly jaws, 2 x WSF9 - WSF9 Windscreens, Aluminium Road Case
A lot of users found this kit to be a great deal in terms of quality and budget. These users mentioned the microphones were easy to set up and produced natural sounds while recording their drum kits. Some mentioned this is a good starter kit for those who want to use these mics in a studio setting. Some praised the f9 overhead mics for picking up great recordings. Some reviewers used the f9 as a hi-hat mic and it still performed well. The f2 and f5 mics provided tight sound recordings. Richard Alan Salz, audio engineer and owner of Vermont Audio Labs tested out the f2 microphones on his toms and mentioned in his review that the "toms sounded punchy and fat; they were better than average when it came to rejecting leakage." In his Modern Drummer review, Mark Parsons compared the Audix D6 with the f6 kick drum mic and said it was "still in the “pre-equalizedconcert-ready” neighborhood of the D6, but it had a bit more midrange punch, and the fundamental resonance was at a slightly higher frequency." Both experts and users agree that there's very little EQ needed to get a good drum mix when they used this kit overall.
Some users found the kit's drum mount clips felt less sturdy and more restricting than they liked. Some also mentioned they felt a bit flimsy and not as durable as they wanted.
Despite the drum mount clips feeling a bit less sturdy than some liked, the microphones on this kit are of exceptional quality that provide natural sound recordings of drums.
Although this is a good kit, we are now recommending the much more highly rated Shure PGADRUMKIT7 instead.