Ampex 351 with a royer 121 for tracking a mono drum kit

It's hard to beat a ribbon mic for drums. The hi hat is the biggest obstacle when dealing with condensers and dynamics. A ribbon will happily "miss" the top or beginning of the odd harmonic transient a hi hat or cymbal presents. So, if I am planning on compressing a mono picture of a complicated thing like a drum kit, a ribbon mic is my friend.

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The trade off is the lack of top end response and not as quick detail. We mustn't forget the power of component matching though. If we have a 414 hooked up to a transistor preamp, we got a hot mess. Plug the same mic into a transformer preamp, we have a party. This particular Royer 121 mic LOVES the Ampex 351 preamp. The two go together like hot pie and my mouth.

Today I was trying to get an explosive room sound with a pair of beyer 160's and the Trident. Combined with close mics through the Langevin. It sounded pretty great, but not chunky enough.

I included the mono royer through the ampex and I got exactly what I was looking for.

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