Ever since we launched Sontronics in 2004, drummers have loved our mics, particularly ORPHEUS as overheads and STC-1 for hi-hat and percussion. However, in 2011 we launched our trio of drum-specific mics (DM-1B, DM-1T and DM-1S), born out of three years of research, design and development by Sontronics' founder & designer Trevor Coley with the help of top UK producers and drummers…
DM-1B is a large-diaphragm, end-fire condenser mic designed specifically to capture and reproduce the exact characteristics of a kick drum. Its switchable -15dB pad allows the microphone to deal with a whopping 155dB, and its sturdy build plus the aluminium flightcase mean it will perform equally well in the studio and in live applications
DM-1T is a small cardioid condenser microphone developed to capture the exact sound of your toms so all that boom, thump and tubbiness will be reproduced in perfect clarity and detail. It has a -10dB pad switch, will cope with up to 135dB SPL and is suited to live and studio use.
DM-1S is another pencil cardioid condenser mic whose capsule has been designed to exactly catch the characteristics of your snare drum. That snap, crack, rattle and crispiness will be perfectly reproduced in any live or studio recording. It also boasts a -10dB pad switch and 135dB max. SPL.
STC-1 cardioid condenser is a real favourite with many drummers as its direct pickup is extremely useful for hi-hats or single-piece percussion. Used in the stereo pair (STC-1S) they are great as overheads. Our optional omnidirectional and hypercardioid capsules can be screwed on in place of the cardioid capsules - the omnis turn the STC-1S into perfect room or overhead mics while the hypers turn the single STC-1 into a premium hi-hat mic. Their -10/-20dB pad and 75/150Hz filter controls make them very versatile mics!
STC-10 is our newest small-diaphragm condenser and is the more affordable option to the STC-1 and STC-1S. Also cardioid, it's brilliant for direct miking single drums or percussion, and also works well in an overhead pair.
ORPHEUS multi-pattern condenser mic is the pièce de résistance when it comes to miking up a full kit. Drummers everywhere have discovered that when used in pairs above a kit, especially in a live set-up, it gives an incredible rounded, open sound, and is indispensable if you're serious about getting that perfect sound, in the studio or live.
STC-80 is our handheld dynamic microphone that many people are calling the "58-killer" as it has all the clarity, presence and punchiness of a very famous but 50+-year-old dynamic mic! Use it for your drummer/backing vocals or even for miking up your kick drum or guitar amps – it's a brilliant all-rounder!