Pros: This is a very good sounding set of drum microphones.
Cons: I wish it had a couple of extra condenser microphones for overhead use.
ELECTRO VOICE PL DK5 DRUM MIC PACK
If you are just starting out in the realm of home studio recording, you have many difficult decisions to make, especially if you are on a tight budget. One of the most common errors that novice home studio engineers make is to skimp on microphones, especially those that might be being considered to record the drums or other percussion instruments. This would be a very big mistake. Few things can muddy up the quality and clarity of a recording than a poorly recorded drum track. Bearing this in mind, I am today going to be reviewing the ElectroVoice PL DK5 Drum Microphone Pack. The ElectroVoice PL DK5 Drum Microphone Pack has a list price of $775.00, but it can be easily found selling for about $450.00 from most of the large national musical instrument chain stores, and even for as little as $399.00 plus free shipping from some of the better electronics Internet dealers. As such, it pays to do some comparison shopping before making a purchase. Read on and decide if the ElectroVoice PL DK5 Drum Microphone Pack seems like something that you might consider giving an audition to for yourself.
The ElectroVoice PLDK5 Drum Microphone Pack comes with one ElectroVoice PL33 Kick Drum Microphone and four ElectroVoice PL35 Snare and Tom Tom Drum Microphones. The five microphones come along with a durable nylon carrying case. There is an insert inside of the case where each of the microphones can fit snugly and securely, and each microphone also comes with its own microphone clip. The microphones in the ElectroVoice PL series were designed for live use, but they are certainly good enough to be used for semi-professional recording purposes, such as for a good home studio, or to record or amplify the drums during a live performance.
At a price of about $400 this microphone drum pack is a real bargain. The ElectroVoice PL35 has a list price of $165.00 and can be had for about $99.00 on sale. The ElectroVoice PL33 has a list price of $197.50, and can be had for about $119.00 on sale. That means that if you consider for a moment that the four ElectroVoice PL35's sell for about $400.00 by themselves, that in actuality it is as if you were getting the ElectroVoice PL33 for free. That is actually quite a good deal when you consider the economics of this drum microphone package.
The four ElectroVoice PL35 Microphones are dynamic microphones with a supercardioid polar pattern. As most of you who are reading this review may already know, microphones that have a supercardioid polar pattern are able to resist picking up extraneous noises and sounds that might be coming from the sides of the microphone, and they are most sensitive to picking up sounds that come from directly in front of the microphone. This makes the ElectroVoice PL35 Microphones ideal for recording or amplifying the drums or other percussion instruments in a live setting or small studio setting. These microphones are also designed to be mounted on the rim of different drums, such as the snare or tom toms, and they come with easy to operate snap on drum mounts. These microphones can also be used on other percussion instruments, such as on a conga or timbales. They can also be mounted on a conventional microphone stand or boom if you so desire, which would actually probably be the best way to record the conga. These microphones are built to handle the high sound pressure levels of close drum micing, and they have a sturdy hard front grille and an internal shock absorption design or construction as well, which serves to both protect the internal capsule of the microphone from accidental injury, as well as serving to reduce the effects of noise and the shock of vibrations. The ElectroVoice PL35 is also a microphone than can be used to record or amplify the hi-hat as well. If you are interested in reading a more in depth and detailed review of the ElectroVoice PL35 Microphone, which goes into greater detail about its sonic capabilities, please click on the following link and read my review.
ELECTROVOICE PL35 DYNAMIC SNARE AND TOM TOM MICROPHONE
The other microphone that comes with the ElectroVoice PL DK5 Drum Microphone Pack is the ElectroVoice PL33. This microphone is also a dynamic microphone with a supercardioid polar pattern. However, it differs from the PL35 which I discussed above in that the PL35 is designed to pickup or amplify the snare and tom toms, while the PL33 is designed to be used to capture the sound of low frequency instruments, most specifically the kick drum. The ElectroVoice PL33 is also able to handle very high sound pressure levels without clipping, and it has a frequency response that goes down to 20 Hz on the low end, and as high as 10,000 Hz. on the high end. As such, this microphone is capable of handling the thumping low end of the bass drum, while also being capable of capturing a significant portion of the midrange frequencies as well. If you are interested in reading a more in depth and detailed review of the ElectroVoice PL33 Microphone, which goes into greater detail about its sonic capabilities, please click on the following link and read my review.
ELECTROVOICE PL33 SUPERCARDIOOID DYNAMIC KICK DRUM MICROPHONE
Now I would like to discuss a few points about the strengths and weaknesses of the ElectroVoice PL DK5 Drum Microphone Pack. For live purposes, I think these microphones are actually a very reasonable to good choice for consideration. They are very sturdy and very ruggedly constructed, and that is a real plus to consider. They are not apt to fall apart easily when used on the road or for gigging purposes. I would not recommend trying to drive nails with them, but they are definitely more sturdy and well built than some of the competition in this price range. With regard to live use or for recording in the studio, there would be two big limitations that present themselves, and that is that this drum pack does not include a couple of good overhead microphones to amplify or record the cymbals, and as such, I do not consider the ElectroVoice PL DK5 to be an all in one drum microphone package for this reason. However, one could easily purchase a couple of other microphones to handle overhead chores. My recommendation to solve this problem would be to add two ElectroVoice PL37 Microphones for overhead duty. These microphones are in the same price range as the other ElectroVoice microphones in this drum pack and they do a very nice job as overheads for cymbals or for the hi-hat for that matter.
Well I would like to thank you for taking the time to read my review, but now if you will excuse me, I must get back to my practicing.