Sontronics DM Drum Mics | Neil G.
Sontronics has released its line of application-specific condenser drum microphones in the DM-1B, DM-1T and DM-1S.
The DM-1B is a large diaphragm, end-fire condenser microphone made specifically for capturing the nuances of the kick drum. It has a high SPL limit, allowing the microphone to handle up to 155db and the DM-1B comes equipped with a switchable -15dB attenuation pad. This condenser is well-built, encased in aluminum and suitable for studio or live applications. It is tailor made for close-micing. The DM-1B demonstrates lots of bass extension and performs well not just on kick drum, but other bass instruments as well. Depending on if you’re micing the drum from inside or outside, the DM-1B captures sound with a nicely balanced feel of the room, which, in this case, was a college campus sound studio. The DM-1B comes in a yoke-style shockmount and is covered by a Sontronics lifetime warranty.
DM-1S and DM-1T
Two small-diaphragm pencil condenser microphones are included in this particular DM drum microphone series. The DM-1S is for the snare while the DM-1T was made to capture your tom sounds. Sontronics site indicates that the microphones are designed to capture “the exact characteristics of your tom and snare: the skin slap, the snare rattle, the attack, boom, decay and so on.” They differ slightly in their frequency responses, optimizing the 1S specifically for the snare and the 1T specifically for the tom. Both microphones are end-fire condensers and both have -10dB attenuation pads that allow the microphones to handle up to 135dB SPL.
The DM-1S and DM-1T are 48V phantom powered microphones that can be purchased separately and each features a 3-pin XLR connector and comes with a metal drum mount and screw clamp.
- Frequency Response: 30Hz – 20kHz
- Impedance < 200 ohms
- Self-noise 14dB
In use, there was a bit of noise bleed from the hi-hats that was captured by the DM-1S. There had to be a delicate balance formed between the low-mid fullness and the high-mid smacks. The DM-1T, on the other hand, presented a nice full sound for the toms and with the exception of fussing around with the clip on the rim mount, the DM-1T performed as expected.
The microphones in this particular Sontronic DM drum microphone series are sold individually. Together, they come in at just under $900. All in all, they had a nice balance and solid blend. The highs were crisp and clean and the lows felt encompassing and warm. In comparison to other drum microphone sets, the DM series can hold its own. I would definitely recommend them.