Coles 4038 Microphone: One of the Best Drum Overheads

The Coles 4038 was introduced in the early 1970s and quickly became a favourite among broadcasters for its flat frequency response and natural sonic quality. Its unique bi-directional polar response allows it to pick up sound from all directions, making it an ideal choice for recording drums.

Over the years, the 4038 quickly gained a reputation for being one of the best drum overheads available, and it is still in high demand today. While other manufacturers have come and gone, Coles has remained a trusted name in the audio industry, thanks in part to the continued success of the 4038.

What makes this microphone so unique?

Its unique features make it the perfect choice for capturing drums in all their glory.

Ribbon microphones, in general, are great at recording drums because they have a natural ability to smooth out transients, resulting in a more even sound.

They also do a great job smoothing the top-end frequencies of cymbals, which can sometimes sound harsh and brittle when recorded with condenser microphones.

Many of us have become used to the overhyped frequency response of other microphones, so the Coles might sound a little 'dull' in the upper-frequency range. Fortunately, however, the Coles take EQ really well, so you can easily boost those higher frequencies to produce a silky top-end to cymbals without introducing any unpleasant sibilance or artefacts.

The Coles 4038's flat frequency response ensures that you'll get a clean, accurate representation of the drums on your recording.

My go-to microphone for drum overheads

If you're looking for a high-quality drum overhead microphone, the Coles 4038 should be at the top of your list. It's been a studio staple for decades and continues to be one of the best options available today.

Give it a try on your next recording, or hire me to record drum tracks on your next song, and you'll hear why it's such a classic!

Happy recording :)