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Ok I'm a stay at home player. Drums are a hobby and will remain so. I am in my 60's and need to wear some hearing protection when playing and have a limited budget. Over the ear headphones muddy up the music I'm playing to and make it hard for me to hear what I'm doing. I would like to use one mike to capture the kit and a line to capture my music source. Then if I had a simple mixer I could blend these two sources I could hear what I need to and preserve what is left of hearing. How does one do this in expensively. I'm not going to mic each drum /cymbal I just want an overall kit sound and the music I'm playing to that I can mix together. No recording or anything fancy. Its a 5 piece kit in the corner of a living room. Thanks
 
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I use Hearos High Fidelity ear plugs. They are designed specifically for playing music.
 

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I know you said you're on a budget (although you didn't say how much), but the Yamah EAD-10 is a great solution to the problem you have.
 

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I know you said you're on a budget (although you didn't say how much), but the Yamah EAD-10 is a great solution to the problem you have.
A great suggestion but well out of my price range unfortunately.
 

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Give us your general price range so we can suggest a viable setup, like an omni or stereo mic of some kind plus a small mixer, etc.



Dan
 

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New: (of course you can look on CL for used)
Behringer Xenyx 502 mixer or similar $60
Mic - SM48 or similar $60
Mic stand $20
Mic cord $40
Headphones - Shure SE215's $100
 

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How about these? I use them with my acoustic kit...They greatly reduce the volume of the drums and the music pumps into the headphones at a nice comfortable volume because the drums are quiet...basically a shooters muff with audio in them...much simpler and cheaper than the route you're trying to go...
 

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How about these? I use them with my acoustic kit...They greatly reduce the volume of the drums and the music pumps into the headphones at a nice comfortable volume because the drums are quiet...basically a shooters muff with audio in them...much simpler and cheaper than the route you're trying to go...

Won't the drums sound muddy (no high end content at all) with those muffs?
 

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New: (of course you can look on CL for used)
Behringer Xenyx 502 mixer or similar $60
Mic - SM48 or similar $60
Mic stand $20
Mic cord $40
Headphones - Shure SE215's $100

This option works well.
Not expensive, and the drums still sound like drums.
I still think you'll want a dedicated BD drum mic though.
A single mic probably won't give you a good mix of the whole kit (namely the BD).
 

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This option works well.
Not expensive, and the drums still sound like drums.
I still think you'll want a dedicated BD drum mic though.
A single mic probably won't give you a good mix of the whole kit (namely the BD).
true when I was able to do this I had a cheap bass drum mic and a audiotechnica stereo mic overhead, heck I might be able to be talked out of it...shoot me a PM Tiger if interested,
 

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Won't the drums sound muddy (no high end content at all) with those muffs?
I use the active electronic version that has mics in the headphones and adjustable volume input.

I have used them in rehearsal with a big band so that they will amplify the discussions ( I normally wear hearing aids) but set a limit on the decibels. Drums and music sounds ok to me, but the ride cymbal has a WhooshWhoosh warble that is a problem. I contacted the manufacturer, but no response yet as to a solution. I imagine the cymbal decibels rise to the electronic limit, bounce off, and then rise again.
 


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