Adding a vocal microphone to your drum setup can really enhance your live performance with your band. You’ll be able to add extra harmonies, sing main parts, and even interact with the crowd when you’re other band members are busy tuning up or off-stage. Certain microphone stands can be very annoying and it can be hard to find the right microphone that works for you. We’ve tested and reviewed all the major brands. Read on to find the best vocal mic for drummers.
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Best Vocal Mic For Drummers – A Quick Glance
The above table gives a quick rundown of the best vocal mics for drummers available on the market. We have highlighted our two favorite vocal mics in blue and green. Most drummers opt not to sing, but for those who do, like Carter Beauford and Mike Portnoy, singing can be another added element to your band’s live show.
Should I Use A Stand-Mounted Vocal Microphone?
If you have an old SM58 lying around, you can grab a boom stand and start singing immediately. However, you will potentially have an issue with the stand getting in the way of your playing. If you opt for a headset microphone, you won’t necessarily have this issue.
Use A Stand-Mounted Microphone If You Use It Occasionally
If you only sing on certain songs, I would opt for the stand-mounted microphone. You can spin the microphone around and essentially “put it away” for the songs you don’t sing on.
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- Frequency response tailored for vocals, with brightened midrange and bass rolloff to control proximity effect
- Uniform cardioid pickup pattern isolates the main sound source and minimizes background noise
- Pneumatic shock-mount system cuts down handling noise
- Effective built-in spherical wind and pop filter
- On/off switch for onstage control
If you have to spend as little as possible, using a stand with an SM58 is going to be the most cost effective way. Some of the headset microphones on this list are going to be expensive because you will need to have a wireless pack and a receiver.
Be sure to buy the Shure SM58 that includes the on-off switch, especially if there are songs where you won’t be singing. It will reduce stage volume to front of house and reduce the chance of feedback.
Using A Headset Microphone While Playing Drums Live
If you opt for the more expensive solution, you’ll be much more free while playing your drums. Singing is far easier with this setup as you’ll be able to move your head freely around as you please.
Feedback can be an issue with any microphone, but since you are playing drums, it can be very difficult to get right. Many of the microphones we show on this list offer what is called feedback suppression.
If you use in ear monitors (I highly suggest this), feedback will be no problem. Your vocal mix in your ears will be tough to nail, but it is the optimal solution for a vocal mic for drummers.
Headset vocal microphones do not allow for dynamic singing
Imagine a singer hitting a really high and very loud note. Do you see them backing away from the microphone? I do. With a headset microphone, this is no longer possible and dynamic singing is nearly impossible. This will require you and your front of house engineer to use a lot of compression on your voice.
Many people who have tried headset vocal microphones do not like them. However, there will always be outliers in anything in the world.
Reality Check: Heavy Hitters Beware
If you play hard and really make your drums sing, having a vocal microphone is going to be difficult. If you in ear monitors, you’re going to hear a lot of bleed from your kit on this channel and you’re going to have to leave the monitor level of your vocals down significantly.
If you’re still rocking wedge monitors, you might be alright for hearing your mix, but feedback can sure be a major issue, so be sure to look out.
It’s hard enough to get drum bleed out of a vocalist’s monitor mix, let alone a drummers. The Shure Beta 56A is a solid choice for drummers looking for the most isolation in their monitor mix.