Sep 13, 2019 #1 Hey guys, I'm about to record once again my drummer and would like to know if you think the Rode M5 would be a good upgrade vs my Samson C02 for drum overheads. A result of many years’ experience building the award-winning NT5 microphone, RØDE has succeeded in making a high-quality ‘pencil’ style permanently polarised condenser that will impress even the most demanding of artists and engineers. Rode M5 Compact 1/2″ – Recommended for those looking for a cost-friendly workhorse. Messages 26. If this is your first visit, be sure to check out the FAQ by clicking the link above. The winner for the best overall drum overhead mic is the Audio-Technica AT4041 pair! Rode M5 Pair. Why your choice of overhead mics is so important!! We mentioned previously, they are by far and away the best-sounding mics under a thousand dollars that you’re going to find, and we don’t think you’d be disappointed in making that investment. I bought them for use as drum overheads but found them to be not usable for that purpose. AT4041s are much better. One of the bigger surprises was how well the M5 works on electric guitar amps. 07-04-2015 #8. Thread starter Jean-Francois Quevillon; Start date Sep 13, 2019; Jean-Francois Quevillon Member. The NT5's are bright and brittle. They're also very useable as drum overhead microphones, and I thought they also performed decently on handheld percussion. Shure BETA 52A – Highly recommended if you’ll be focusing on your bass drums and floor toms. Designed and made in Australia, the M5 is a compact ½” cardioid condenser microphone with low noise and a full frequency response. Samson C02 vs Rode M5 for drums Overhead. Rode M5 or NT5? THe NT5's should be fine, unless there's something you feel you're missing from your sound. While being compact, it also uses a half inch capsule and an active J-Fet impedance converter. There are so many budget mics that do a decent job as drum overheads, IMO. Designed and made in Australia, the M5 is a compact ½” cardioid condenser microphone with low noise and a full frequency response. Best Overhead Drum Mics & Best Brands for Overhead Drum Mic In spite of the fact that a set of drums can make rather loud sounds, having a mic in the right place is required in certain situations. I just uploaded some samples of a $100 mic paired as an X/Y at 'hear the gear dot com.' It can take lots of level (140dB SPL maximum) and in cases where a condenser-type sound is called for, the M5 is definitely able to deliver. In the intervals between recordings, do not forget to practice. Its uses include drum overheads, cymbals, acoustic instruments and live performances due to the externally polarized mic. A result of many years’ experience building the award-winning NT5 microphone, RØDE has succeeded in making a high-quality ‘pencil’ style permanently polarized condenser that will impress even the most demanding of artists and engineers. Btyre2013. I find that the Samson can be a bit harsh, and at the … These have a bipolar output buffer.Along with all of its other uses, it is also great for indoor use due to the tight cardioid pickup pattern.