Mike Johnston, who offers a series of drum lessons on his website, reports that he recently acquired two Audio-Technica AT5045 cardioid condenser instrument microphones to capture his desired drum sound. Johnston is an endorsed A-T artist.

“Currently, two AT5045’s are the only mikes on my kit, and people are freaking out over the sound,” Johnston says. “This mike is absolutely unbelievable. I never thought I would find a mike that captured the full spectrum of sound that I am used to hearing while sitting at the drum set.

“I’m using one AT5045 as a mono overhead and the other AT5045 as my bass drum mike. I have it about two feet away from the resonator head. The overhead picks up everything, including my most subtle ghost notes and left foot hi-hat chicks, but it doesn’t peak out when I nail an accented rimshot on my snare.



“I have been making videos and recordings for social media since before it was even called social media, and I have always had trouble achieving the sound I wanted. As an educator, my videos need to have an honest sound that makes the viewer feel like they are almost in the room with me, but they also need to sound as professional as anything else out there.

“The AT5045 is the only mike that I’ve ever used to give me exactly that,” he adds. “As soon as I put the AT5045 above my kit, my ears were in heaven – so much so that I eventually took down all of my close mikes. I am now just using a pair of AT5045s, and it’s my dream drum sound.”

Find information about the AT5045 cardioid condenser instrument microphone from Audio-Technica.

Visit Johnston’s website at www.mikeslessons.com.