In this installment of our drum overhead series, we showcase a few of our favorite LDC microphones: the Miktek C7, the Lauten Atlantis, and the Neumann TLM 107.

All three mics were run through our Phoenix DRS8 mic pre and the first generation Apogee Symphony.

It’s hard to determine which is the best of the best, but the LDCs chosen for this shootout are microphones that we are very passionate about and feel we can recommend with no reservations, whether you’re just getting started with a home studio or adding to your recording studio collection.

Can you tell which LDC is which? Does a clear winner stand out to you?

Once you’re ready for the answers, shoot us an email at, or give us a call at (919) 682-5552 (you can also reach out to us on Facebook). Also, every mic in this shootout is available for our Try Before You Buy demo program, so you can do some testing for yourself with no obligation to purchase.

Also make sure to check out the other installments of this Drum Overhead series:

SDC Drum Overhead Shootout: Click HERE

Ribbon Mic Drum Overhead Shootout: Click HERE

LDC vs. SDC vs. Ribbon Overhead Shootout: Click HERE

The Contenders

Miktek C7e Large Diaphragm Multi-Pattern FET Condenser Mic

Lauten Audio Atlantis FC-387 Multi-Voiced Microphone 


Neumann TLM 107 (Nickel) Multi-pattern LDC Microphone 


Why Do We Do Our Shootouts Blind?

Good question! In our own experience as recording engineers and musicians, we’ve found we have unconscious biases that favor one microphone, preamp, instrument, etc. over another based merely on preconceptions and brand associations. We’re often surprised at the results and want to present that same unbiased listening opportunity for you.

Also, we hope you request the hi res files, because YouTube compression affects the audio considerably. And, last but not least, we want to help you purchase the right gear for your exact needs and setup. This is a shootout on one specific recording application, and it can give you some great info, but the devil is in the details! We specialize in the details and are here to assist you with your choice.