Shure SM57 Cardioid Dynamic Microphone
The Shure SM57 microphone is great for capturing the sound of multiple instruments, not the least of which is the snare drum. Because it like all Shure microphones is built like a tank, you won’t experience any anxiety in putting this mic in the precarious position right next to where the drum stick smacks down on the instrument. The SM57 offers a high maximum SPL, so it can handle loud volumes without drifting into unwanted distortion. Its tight cardioid pattern also gives you a direct signal without allowing bleed-through from other instruments to seep into the mix. This is important especially on a drum kit, where you have so many other components so closely located to one another.