In this installment of our drum overhead shootout series, we’ve rounded up 4 SDC mics that we feel very passionate about: the Miktek C5, the Schoeps CMC 6, the Neumann KM 184, and the Peluso P-84. All microphones were run through our Phoenix DRS8 mic pre, and into the first generation Apogee Symphony.

The 4 SDC mics we picked for this blind shootout are among our favorites here at Sound Pure. Whether you’re just getting started with a home studio or adding to your recording studio collection, these are all microphones we can recommend with no reservations.

Can you tell which SDC mic 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:

LDC Drum Overhead Shootout: Click HERE

Ribbon Drum Overhead Shootout: Click HERE

LDC vs. SDC vs. Ribbon Overhead: Click HERE



The Contenders



Miktek C5 Small Diaphragm Cardioid Pencil Condenser 




Schoeps CMC 6 Microphone Amplifier 




Neumann KM 184 Microphone (Nickel Finish) 




Peluso P-84 SK Solid State SDC Microphone Stereo Kit


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.