Flexwand vs 3 Zigma CHI - Drum OH A/B Comparison

| Mar 21, 2009 | 2,547 Views | Share


We compared two new small cardioid models (the Earthworks Flexwand and the 3 Zigma CHI SD-C) as drum overhead mics on a DW Drum Kit. The recordings were done on a single drum take with one of each model in the same place above the drumset. In each recording you are hearing only a single overhead microphone (nothing on kick, snare, toms, etc.) so it's not meant to be a complete drum sound. Just comparing overhead mics here. There was absolutely no processing done on either track except matching the volumes and then converting each track to 320 MP3.


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  • Definitely more sparkly in the Earthworks mic, it made the ride come to life. Didn't sound hyped, either. The Zigma was alright but didn't move me. I wonder how it sounds in stereo?
    By tenchijin on Mar 23, 2009 at 2:57 pm
  • Yeah, the Flexwand has more sparkle, but the 3 Zigma is more neutral, more like my drums actually sound in the room. I like them both for different reasons.
    By rackrecording on Apr 13, 2009 at 10:00 pm
  • The inherent design of the CHI System is to have nearly transparent (nearly color-less) Small Diameter and Very Colorful Large Diameter Capsules. If you want to have Drum OH Leap out at you, try a C-Lol-12 or C-Lol-251 as a Stereo Pair for all but the loudest Drum O/H Applications. CHI is a big Crayon Box !!!
    By Larry V on Aug 7, 2009 at 5:00 pm
  • Listen to the low end, the kick and lower freq of the snare. Big difference with the 2 mics.
    By basskev on Aug 10, 2009 at 5:24 pm

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