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Six years after SONTRONICS was founded, the British mic brand has moved further into application-specific miking with the release of three condenser microphones designed specifically for drums: the DM-1T, DM-1S and DM-1B.
The DM-1B is a large-diaphragm, end-fire condenser mic that can cope with up to 150dB (with the -15dB pad switched in) and comes in an aluminium flightcase. DM-1B is designed specifically for kick drum but also gives impressive results on bass instruments and bass guitar cabinets.
Designed from scratch by SONTRONICS founder and MD, Trevor Coley, these new mics represent more than two years of research, development and field testing. “Many of our existing mics work brilliantly on drums,” explains Coley, “but I felt that it was about time we made some dedicated mics for drummers and percussionists. I spent a long time researching how each component of a drum kit responded when struck – kick beater attack, kick thump, snare rattle, resonance, boominess and so on – and optimised each mic’s frequency response to deliver a great result with little or no EQ.”
As is usual with all SONTRONICS mics, the DM-1B is been tested to destruction before launch, so you can be sure they’ll perform perfectly, whether in studio or live sound applications. “The first prototypes were trialled by various session drummers and producers,” says Coley, “including producer Flood (U2, The Killers, Arctic Monkeys) at Battery Studios.
The DM-1B is covered by SONTRONICS’ Lifetime Warranty and come with a free download of Toontrack’s EZdrummer Lite.
Reviewer Paul Vnuk Jr. was clearly impressed by all three mics, saying of the DM-1B (condenser mic for kick drum & bass instruments): "Sonically, [the DM-1B] is a very full-range condenser mic… with a surprisingly crisp and airy top end. On kick this results in a very full, even sound across the spectrum with a very big bottom end.… the two words that stand out are “huge” and “natural". It is also a fantastic bass cabinet mic… it captures the subsonic lows beautifully while grabbing the mid honk of the strings, but never sounds overhyped."