1. avatar Michael82FFL
    Anyone heard of iSK mics or used them before? I've seen a cheap set of drum mics but can't find any reviews about them.
  2. avatar unplugged
    generally ifs thats the case avoid.

    if you want serious quality for money look at t-bone set of www.thomann.de

    serious mics for little money
  3. avatar Pete
    And if you wait a while Ryan will probably have a set to sell ;)
  4. avatar Michael82FFL
    Had a look at the T-Bone DC 1200 set seems similar to the set of iSK DSM-7B set that I was looking at originally. If microphone can be sold this cheap does it mean they are of bad quality or are they easily broken?
  5. avatar unplugged
    nope. aint a drummer.......

    but i have a couple of their sm58beta knock offs 85s or whatever and ill be honest they sound ever bit as good. even harmony central reviews of multiple people state this.

    very good mics for the
  6. avatar Recycled Alien
    If by "similar", you mean "identical except for the logo", then they're probably the same design from the same factory in China.

    I actually have the T-Bone DC500 set (the very cheapest one!) and they've been fine for occasional use. They seem robust enough.
  7. avatar belezabaub
    IMHO cheap mics are cheap mics. I've never bought an expensive mic but have found with a bit of experimentation on mic placement perhaps a little EQ here or there you can get pretty good results with cheap mics as for rebustness I regularly drop my Samson CO1, the cheapest of the cheap LDC (perhaps subconciously so I have to buy a new one) and it still works. I'd bet my left testicle that these mics are of a similar quality.

    I had a little look into theses ISK mics their parent company is Shengke; a chinese company who seem to have only really got going. Perhaps theses guys are the new SE Electronics but I wouldn't think so. Have a look at their frequency graphs on the ISK website. I only really looked at the condensor mics it would worry me that they all are the same or at least very similar. That suggests that they haven't done proper tests or that they don't want to publish the real test results. I also notice on Ebay site that they only accept returns for faulty items; not if the customer is unhappy with the product. They do have a great Ebay rating though, the guys who sell these mics.

    I'd say they'd get the job done like; if it were me I'd probably buy off someone who had a better returns policy.
  8. avatar Michael82FFL
    No Recycled Alien similar as in frequency response, maybe about 20hz of a difference on the bass drum mics, would this affect sound quality? Although their overhead mics look as if they got painted differently with labels.

    Ebay is where I first seen them, then I started to look into them abit more. I think the tom and snare mics will be able to do their job. Its the bass and condenser mics that I'm thinking might not, but as Belezabaub says if cheap mics can be robust enough then they shouldn't be a problem and I can always experiment with E.Q. Now I have to decide to go for either T.Bone or iSK. iSK are throwing in cables :rolleyes:
  9. avatar ryanego
    Some people seem to get lucky with T bone mics, but I bought two a few years back and they were pretty crappy.

    I bought a couple of the sm57 copies and compared them to a couple of my genuine 57s. Neither sounded anything like the 57, one was much more nasal and restricted sounding and one was seriously bass hyped. I did a direct AB comparison on a couple of different sources and they were essentially both crap.

    They would've just about passed for a live application where they were more for support than for projecting the whole sound, but I would not recommend them for anything else.

    I'm sure a lot of T bone stuff is dead on, but the quality control must be lacking, unless of course they've improved since I bought them.

    I should add that I'm not a mic snob by any means, the differences were night and day.
  10. avatar Recycled Alien
    [quote:61584d1cee="Michael82FFL"]No Recycled Alien similar as in frequency response, maybe about 20hz of a difference on the bass drum mics, would this affect sound quality? Although their overhead mics look as if they got painted differently with labels.

    Ebay is where I first seen them, then I started to look into them abit more. I think the tom and snare mics will be able to do their job. Its the bass and condenser mics that I'm thinking might not, but as Belezabaub says if cheap mics can be robust enough then they shouldn't be a problem and I can always experiment with E.Q. Now I have to decide to go for either T.Bone or iSK. iSK are throwing in cables :rolleyes:[/quote:61584d1cee]I think we can assume that the frequency response graphs are fictional anyway.

    Free cables is a pretty good selling point for us cheapskates.
  11. avatar tomgee43
    My first post!
    I have actually used a fair few of the isk microphone range now. I started with a BM-600 condenser mic that has selectable polar patterns, bass shelf and 10dB pad. I found it great for recording just about everything in my bedroom. It picks up the full range of sound with awesome clarity and then I just EQ'd each different instrument post production in a DAW.

    Since then I have tried the TM-78 tube microphone....very warm and pleasing...better then anything I have used in any studio before! I mainly use it for vocals. Also tried the DSM-7A 7 piece drum mic set, robust as anything and I reckon they are pretty decent sounding. I use them mostly for live mixing work. Overall I reckon the isk mics are damn good for their price.
  12. avatar rockwils
    My first post!
    m not heard about that








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  13. avatar forevertwisted
    I have heard good things about red 5 audio drum mics, but havnt tried them myself so couldn't vouch for them.
    http://www.red5audio.com/

    Have tried some of the tbone series though and for the money they do a pretty convincing job