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I've been tinkering with a little recording recently on the drums, using a basic set of kit mics augmented here and there with a couple of add-ons. 

I've noticed that despite positioning and judicial use of gating etc, there's a load of bleed through, and I've narrowed it down to one particular microphone, which seems hyper sensitive compared to the rest. It's a dynamic mic - the 'snare' one of the drum set, so in theory it should be fine with all the others. I've tried padding it and using a really aggressive gate on it, but it still seems to pick everything around it up. It's not actually essential as I have a different mic on the actual snare, but it would be good to use as an extra mic or on an auxiliary snare, so I wondered if anyone had any advice on taming the beast?

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What is the pattern, omni? A hypercardioid might help. If the level of the channel is very high, put the mic closer and compensate by reducing the volume (or gain).

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That's surprising if it's hypercardioid. Given that a snare is loud and cuts through, you often don't need a particularly great mic' on it, especially for live use. That's why the good old SM57 often gets used for the job. It's pretty insensitive to anything that happens more than a couple of feet away and the response falls off sharply at both frequency extremes. They're not expensive second hand. Worth trying one?

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