The Sontronics DM-1T is a small-diaphragm, clip-on cardioid condenser mic designed specifically for toms developed in cooperation with top producers and drummers.
If you’ve ever miked a drum kit (and you wouldn’t be here if you haven’t), you know that toms and snare present the greatest challenge. Getting bulky dynamic mics in between drums and under cymbals is one thing, but keeping them out of the way of “Animal” and his flailing drum sticks while trying to capture the resonance of the drum is another. And if you want to use the studio’s better large-diaphragm condensers on the tom, keeping them out of harm’s way is even more crucial. Then there’s the issue of stands, especially if you’re miking a Terry Bozzio-type drummer (hey, we’re all Bozzios on this bus). You wind up building a forest of metal while trying to sneak the stand’s tripods under the kick drum and cymbal stands (without bumping the drums) and keep their legs from overlapping. From a visual standpoint, it’s a nightmare for TV or concerts. Even with a five-piece fusion kit, it’s enough to make you swear off (or at) drummers. Or, you could solve all of your placement problems at once with a set of Sontronics DM-1T clip-on tom mics and get a better sound than you thought possible.
Sontronics DM-1T—Just the Facts:
- Small-diaphragm cardioid condenser mic
- High-SPL handling
- Designed specifically for toms, also great for other percussion instruments
- Comes with mic clip that mounts on drum rim
- Covered by Sontronics lifetime warranty
Sontronics DM-1T—Behind the Grille
The heavier diaphragms of moving-coil mics (otherwise known as dynamics) have more inertia to overcome when hit by an acoustic wave, which means initial parts of transients are lost. So why are they so prevalent in drum miking? Because they exhibit a natural compression, which makes them easier to record. However, that compression also shortens the resonance of the tom, and resonance is where the money is. What’s recording engineer to do? Sontronics has the solution in the form of the DM-1T, a purpose-built mic specifically voiced to capture the money on toms—attack and resonance.
The DM-1T is a high-sensitivity, small-diaphragm condenser mic with a -10dB attenuation pad, capable of capturing up to an impressive 135db SPL. Along with a compliant, transient-friendly diaphragm, the DM-1T is designed to capture all the classic characteristics of your drum; the slap, boom, and resonance of your tom. The DM-1T has slightly different frequency response than its sister mic, the DM-1S snare mic, in order to provide exceptional results for their respective specialties: toms and snare. The DM-1T comes with a mic clip that lets you set up quickly and position your mic wherever you need it—either on a mic stand or an additional rim mount. Like all Sontronics microphones, the DM-1T is covered by a unique lifetime warranty.
While DM-1T is designed for rack and floor toms, it also gives you a brilliant sound on your bongos, djembe, tabla, and congas.
DM-1T recommended uses:
- Rack toms
- Floor toms
What the pros are saying about the DM series:
Sontronics mics have received rave reviews, awards, and are featured on the touring kits and studio set-ups of major drummers including Dave Grohl, Aerosmith's Joey Kramer, Dom Howard of Muse, and Blur's Dave Rowntree.
"The DM-1B sounds better than my vintage Neumann U47fet, which is saying something, and the DM-1S is one of the best close mics I have ever used. Amazing!" — Andy Gray, producer/composer (Radiohead, Gary Numan, Enter Shikari, TT3D, CSI Miami)
"We were A/B testing the Sontronics drum mics set up against some thousand-pound mics and we had to keep checking the tracks because the Sontronics mics sounded as good if not better than the expensive ones. We were totally blown away!" — Mark Rankin, producer (Florence & The Machine, Adele, Plan B, Queens of the Stone Age)
"DM-1B sounds absolutely brilliant, right out of the box, with no need for any EQ. The DM-1B, DM-1T, and DM-1S truly capture my drums without any need for any enhancement. The results are amazing!" — Pete Parada, drummer (My Chemical Romance, The Offspring)
"I'm so impressed by the sound of these mics for all my studio and live performances in all genres (rock, jazz, world music), I rely on these mics. Just amazing." — Marito Marques, Drummer/Producer
The DM-1T gives you everything you need to get exceptional results from your drum kit or individual drums, both live and in the studio. Order yours today. For more information, call or chat online with your PAD Studio Specialist.
- Polar pattern: Cardioid
- Pad: 0dB, -10dB
- Frequency response: 30Hz - 20kHz
- Sensitivity: 8mV/Pa -42dB ±2dB
- (0dB = 1V/Pa @ 1,000Hz)
- Impedance: ≤200 ohm
- Equivalent noise level: 14dB
- SPL (for 0.5% THD @ 1,000Hz):
- 135dB (with -10dB pad switched in)
- Power: Phantom power 48V required
- Connector: 3-pin XLR
- Dimensions: 3-6/8" x 7/8" x 7/8" (95 x 22 x 22mm)
- Weight: 3.2 oz. (90g)
- Comes with: mic clip