Shure SM57 Cardioid Dynamic Microphone
The Shure SM57 microphone works well with a variety of different instruments, including the tom drum. Because this pick (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. This unit offers a high maximum SPL, so it can handle loud volumes that often come with toms without drifting into unwanted distortion. The SM57’s tight cardioid polar 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.