Earthworks DK7 Drum Mic Kit Quick Test & Unbox

We have another real short unboxing and test video! A little something extra for you to watch. Like I said last week, I’ve got so much gear piling up here and I want to do dedicated videos for each company / product because I think they deserve it!

Today we have an amazing set of microphones from Earthworks. This is a drum mic package. I remember reading about Earthworks mics since the ‘90s in recording magazine.

I’m not too sure how they’re going to work in the context of heavy metal drums. These mics are great if you’re recording Jazz or Rock- they’re going to sound pretty damn spectacular because they’re design to be so clear.

I’ve got my very good friend Cam Fleury in the studio today to help me demo these mics! You might know Cam from his recent “Frantic” cover using a garbage can as a snare!

Check that out below!

METALLICA – Frantic – Drum Cover (GARBAGE CAN LID AS SNARE!!)

Read more about this mic kit below: 

All the microphones needed to record great drums.

The Earthworks DK7 Drum Kit System is 7 microphone kit comprised of 4 DM20 precision engineered cardioid condenser microphones designed for close miking toms and snare, plus 2 SR25 cardioids for miking overheads, and 1 specially engineered SR20LS (low sensitivity) for kick drum that can be deployed in both live performance and studio recording environments.

Performance
Whether onstage or in the studio, the DK7 captures a drum sound that is larger than life. Onstage the DK7 delivers sound so detailed and natural that the sound coming out of the PA sounds like the drummer is right in front of you. For recording, it will reproduce your drum kit with incredible detail and pristine sound, faithfully reproducing its true character.
Its near-perfect cardioid polar pattern is consistent across all frequencies, simplifying mic placement, virtually eliminating phasing issues and ensuring more gain before feedback. The DK7 transient response is lightning fast, handling sharp attacks with ease, while still picking up all of the subtle nuances and softest dynamics of your playing. Even the loudest drummer cannot overload the DK7 DrumMic™, which can handle high sound pressure levels.

Construction
Designed to withstand the rigors of the road while still delivering the sound quality Earthworks is known for, the DK7 Drum FullKit™ provides the best of both worlds. Capable of withstanding a stray stick hit, the DM20 DrumMic™ removes the worry of close miking toms and snare. Its right-angle microphone head lets you easily and precisely position the microphone to get the best drum sound. Featuring a stiff yet flexible gooseneck, the microphone will stay put once you have found its sweet spot.

Mounting
Included with the DK7 is an RM1 RimMount™ for mounting the DM20 tom and snare microphones directly on the rim of a snare or toms, reducing the number of mic stands required. Plus, save time on setup and teardown by storing the DK7 with the mic clips still attached in its carrying case.

About the Author:

Greetings, I'm Glenn Fricker, engineer here at Spectre Sound Studios. I love making records, and after doing it for sixteen years, I want to pass on what I've learned.Featuring tutorials on how to record guitar, bass, real drums and vocals. There's reviews and demos of tube amps, amp sims, drums, mics, preamps, outboard gear, and plugin effects.Everything you've wanted to learn about recording Hard Rock & Heavy Metal can be found right here on my channel! I also respond to your comments & questions: The best make it into the SMG Viewer's Comments series of videos.Loads of fun, lots of laughs. Thanks for reading!

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