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Sound Samples

 

Important !

Please use high quality monitors or headphones to listen to sound samples. Laptop speakers or ordinary PC speakers are "mid-heavy" and  severely misrepresent the recordings.

Downloading: You can download the samples for detail comparison by right clicking on the link and selecting "save target as".

Microphones and devices used

  Audio clips

(Instrument samples were recorded without any equalization or effects, unless specified. There is some reverb on vocal samples.) 

New audio clips are added regularly.

KAM Crystal & Neumann TLM103 Comparison

Crystal_Left-TLM103-Right

Crystal Only

TLM103 Only

 

The same vocal take was recorded with the two microphones placed closely together. Vocals by Dan Darrah.

Drum Mic Comparison:

 

Shure PG56, CAD TM211,  KAM ST2, Shure Beta56a, Shure SM58, KAM Spectrum (prototype), KAM RT1 -  (See footnote:*1)

Recordings include;

A- 13" Tom, coated head

B- 12" Tom, clear head

C- 16" Tom, Coated head

D- 14x5 Snare

There are no effects or EQ

 

ST2-Left-Beta56a-Right

ST2-Left-TM211-Right

ST2-Left-PG56-Right

ST2-Left-SM58-Right

ST2-Left-Spectrum-Right

ST2-Left-RT1-Right

RT1-Left-SM58-Right

Spectrum-Left-SM58-Right

 

You can download the following individual recordings to make other left/right permutations:

 

Shure-PG56

CAD-TM211

KAM-ST2

Shure-Beta56a

Shure-SM58

KAM-Spectrum

KAM-RT1

HYPE Comparison:

KAM HYPE & i2, Sennheiser e914, Rode M3 (See footnote:*1)

HYPE Stereo 12string

HYPE Mono 12string

i2 Mono 12string

Sennheiser e914 Mono 12string

Rode M3 Mono 12string

HYPE Left - i2 Right 12string

HYPE Left - Sennheiser e914 Right 12string

HYPE Left - Rode M3 Right 12string

Atmosphere

Vocals & nylon string guitar Performed by Dan Darrah

Vocals & steel string guitar Performed by Dan Darrah

SFX drums - stereo pair above snare (with BD2 in sound hole of Bass Drum, and some compression)

Mono drum overhead (single mic, no EQ)

Cheap acoustic guitar

 

 

Compass

Vocals on Compass & guitar on Atmosphere (General Purpose Capsule - some reverb)

Vocals on Compass & guitar on Atmosphere (Vocal Capsule - some reverb)

Performed by Dan Darrah

HYPE

HYPE Stereo Drum Overhead  (with BD2 inside bass drum)

Vocals & metal string guitar

Mono drum overhead (single mic, no EQ)

Fidelio 6.5 Monitors

Fidelio-left,line-in-Right

The above clip has short mono-converted selections of 4 songs going into the right channel via direct line-in. The left channel is a playback from a Fidelio 6.5  monitor, recorded using a Shure SM58 mic placed 10 inches away, and pointed  between the two drivers. We used SM58 because many are familiar with its response and sonic characteristics. 

We realize that your playback device will add its own coloration. But, it will be added to both channels equally, and you should still be able to make a judgment about level of details and sound quality.

Candy

Candy-Dan-Darrah-vocal-test

Candy-sax-solo  

(Track contributed by Simon PC Frost from a new version of his song  ‘For the Lord’, featuring Elliot Ventimiglia on Sax © 2002-2010 Cultural Desserts, Inc.)

Candy-12string

Candy-drum-overhead (with compression)

Candy-Cameo-Kruse-vocal-test (EQ for female voice: +3 dB at 10 kHz, +3 dB at 6 kHz)

Candy-fender-blues-deluxe-distortion

Candy-speech-test

2face

Front Side: (Condenser sound)

2face-front-Dan-Darrah-vocal-test

2face-front-12string

2face-front-drum-overhead (with compression)

2face-front-Cameo-Kruse-vocal-test

2face-front-fender-blues-deluxe-distortion

2face-front-speech-test

Back Side: (Ribbon Simulator sound)

2face-back-Dan-Darrah-vocal-test

2face-back-12string

2face-back-drum-overhead (with compression - Note: front side is also picking up sound reflections from a low ceiling in this sample.)

2face-back-Cameo-Kruse-vocal-test

2face-back-fender-blues-deluxe-distortion

2face-back-speech-test

Crystal

Crystal-cheap-nylon-string-guitar

Crystal-drum-overhead-1

(Stereo pair placed above drummer's head - no EQ or effects)

Crystal-drum-overhead-2

Crystal-Dan-Darrah-vocal-test

Crystal-Cameo-Kruse-vocal-test

Multi-mic practical drum samples

Minor EQ and effects are applied as they would be in any practical recording.

Drums sample

Drums dance sample

Mics used & setup:

BD2: In front of Bass Drum sound hole, EQ: +3dB 12 khz

R3: In front of Bass Drum head, EQ: +2dB 250 Hz

MC3: Stereo pair with Omni capsules as Overhead, bass roll-off switch engaged at 150 Hz setting, EQ: none, Pan: hard Left & Right

C3: Installed on each tom, attenuation switch set at -10 dB, EQ: +2dB 12 KHz, +2dB 80 Hz

i2: 1 used on top of snare, cardioid capsule, EQ: +4dB 1KHz

i2: 1 used for high hat, cardioid capsule, EQ: none

Mixer setup: Almost equal volume for all mics, except for high-hat (-7dB). Slight amount of compression and reverb applied to all mics, with exception of: BD, lower reverb, higher compression. Snare: higher reverb and compression.   

Four Mic Studio Drum test

Mics Used and Setup:

MC3 stereo pair with omni capsules as overhead 

ST2 under the snare

BD2 inside bass drum

No EQ or effects. Almost equal levels for all mics

 

 

 

MC3

Vocals by Dan Darrah, Vocal capsule

Clean Tube Amp, Omni Capsule (stereo)

Drum Over-head, cymbals, Omni Capsule (stereo, bass roll-off switch engaged at 150Hz setting)

Classical guitar, 20 inches away, Omni Capsule

12 String guitar, 20 inches away, Omni Capsule

Micro-screen-metal-mesh-pop-filter

R3

Vocals by Dan Darrah

Clean Tube Amp

R3 in front of Bass Drum Head  (not directly in front of sound hole, to protect the mic)

Strat plugged into Blues Deluxe (stereo)

Classical guitar, 20 inches away

12 String guitar, 20 inches away

   

 

  

 

C3

 

Vocals by Dan Darrah

Clean Tube Amp (stereo)

C3 on Toms (one mics on each tom)

Classical guitar, 20 inches away

12 String guitar, 20 inches away

 

RT1

Vocals by Dan Darrah-RT1

Reference vocal samples: 

(From popular stage mics with MSRP of $100 to $200) (*1)

American Reference Stage Mic - Beta58A

German Reference Stage Mic -e835

 

Drum Samples:

Sound-hole of Bass Drum

Toms played with bundles

Toms played with Sticks

Toms played with Brushes

Pearl Snare played with Brushes

Pearl Snare played with Bundles

Pearl Snare played with Sticks

(Snare samples were recorded with one mic over and another one under the snare)

Clean Tube Amp (stereo)

i2

i2 on top of snare, with ST2 at bottom

i2 on top of snare, with ST2 at bottom-2

Clean Tube Amp, cardioid capsule (stereo)

Classical guitar, 20 inches away, cardioid capsule

12 String guitar, 20 inches away, cardioid capsule

 

D7 drum mic kit

D7 sample-new (with slight reverb and EQ)

D7_sound_sample (with more reverb but no EQ)

ST2

 

ST2 on Toms with sticks

ST2 on Toms with bundles

ST2 on Snare both top and bottom

BD2

 

BD2 inside Bass Drum (no effects or EQ)

BD2 Also used: in "multi-mic drum samples" section, D7 samples, and SFX_Drums sample for Atmosphere, Stereo overhead sample with HYPE.

 

* 1 -  We have included reference recordings using equipment from other manufacturers on this page since their signature sound is known by many musicians and audio engineers. We like, own, and use those equipment due to their high quality sound. Brand names and model names of equipment from other manufacturers are trade marks of the respective trade mark owners.