I’m really trying to do these articles about something other than tone but I get asked a lot of questions about how to sound good (and I’m obsessed with sounding good!). So, once again, I’ll be talking about how to make your drums sound as good as possible. The question I’ll try to answer this month is, “To mic drums or not to mic.”


I know it seems like I’m obsessed with good drum tone. That’s because I am! This month’s tips are also about how select the proper drum heads to sound your best.

Drums are unique in that they are very sensitive to drum head selection. All manufacturers basically make their own versions of the heads other manufacturers make. Kind of like all car companies pretty much make cars, trucks, station wagons, and vans. That’s because these are tried and true models that each serve a specific purpose. Same with drum heads.