Snare Microphone Kit - SDC84 High SPL Edition
This kit is expected to be available by Apr 15, 2020.
Our new "snare microphone" kit is a high-SPL edition of our very popular SDC-84. Both are modern recreations of the famous Neumann KM84.
The SDC-84 omits the hard-wired 10dB pad found in every KM84i imported by Neumann's US distributor during the mic's production in the 1960's, and therefore has much higher output and superior signal-to-noise ratio as compared to the vintage model. It is an amazing mic on quiet to moderately loud sources. But it won't be happy when mounted two inches from a snare drum.
Therefore we are pleased to introduce this high-SPL edition of the mic. It is the SDC-84, with these changes:
- we've installed a capacitive pad on the input
- the SDC-84's 6.5:1 transformer is replaced by our custom-wound T14 (made in the US)
- the JFET is selected for extremely low distortion
- We bundle the Snare Mic with our Hypercardioid capsule, which reduces high-hat bleed
What's in the box
This is a DIY microphone kit; it requires soldering, wiring, and assembly. If you'd like to buy a finished microphone, contact us via email.
The kit includes complete metalwork, our custom circuit board, all the components needed to build the mic, a Hypercardioid capsule, and a shockmount. The build manual is a 32-page book with color photographs and step-by-step instructions; it draws on nearly 10 years' experience making the best assembly guides in the DIY industry (according to our customers).
Charlie Waymire of Ultimate Studios Inc helped us beta-test the new SDC84 Snare Mic. The isolated snare track illustrates the full sound of the mic, which is not at all lacking in snap or attack despite the big lows and low-mids.
About the donor mic body
The included microphone body was manufactured at the same Chinese facility that produces a commonly used SDC donor mic. Although we QC them extensively, we note that most of these bodies exhibit a minor machining flaw, in that the three screws that hold the body sleeve onto the XLR housing do not exactly line up with the holes with which they are intended to match. This small mismatch does not affect the mic's usability, and certainly not its sound, but makes the final assembly step (namely, locking the body over the mic's internals) somewhat less precise than we'd like. We hope to create custom tooling for upgraded SDC bodies in a future production run, although that will likely add 20-40% to the cost of this DIY kit.