Shure PGASTUDIOKIT4 Drum Microphone Kit (4 Mics)

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87 out of 100. Incorporating 10+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$299
Shure PGASTUDIOKIT4 Drum Microphone Kit

Meta Analysis Overview

Our rating of 87/100 is based on analysis of 10+ sources comprised of online reviews and discussions. Under the Pros and Cons headings below you'll find a condensed analysis of what those owners and users have been saying. Feel free to ask questions or add your thoughts in the comments section.

This kit may not have the legendary mics Shure is known for such as the SM57, but the PGA57 is descended from that lineage with a multitude of studios already praising it for it's own accord.

Kit Contents

  • Mics: 1 x Shure PGA52 Kick Mic, 1 x Shure PGA57 Instrument Mic, 2 x Shure PGA181 All-Around Mics.
  • Extras: 3 x clips, 4 x cables, and case

Pros

Most praise from the community is for the PGA57 Instrument mic which does a great job of capturing snare drums for lighter music like jazz and indie. While it doesn't have the punch of its older sibling, the midrange clarity compared to the SM57 gives it its own distinct sound. The PGA52 Kick mic also gets praise as a natural sounding, and full kick mic. The PGA181s make for great overhead sounds. Combined, the sound they capture feels warm and natural.

Cons

It's not an SM57. People expected the PGA57 to sound exactly like the SM57 and were disappointed. Overall sound is said to be warm but not vintage voiced. This may equate to it sounding dull for some.

Overall

The PGASTUDIOKIT4 is a mic kit that is greater than the sum of its parts. The resulting drum sound works best for less modern sounding genres.

Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available which you can see in our guide to The Best Drum Mic Kits.

About the Author

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An audio engineer of nearly 20 years who specializes in rock and metal recordings, he also plays guitar and produces original music for his band and other content creators.