We present two experiments to test listener preference for snare microphones within real-world recording scenarios. In the first experiment, listeners evaluated isolated recordings captured with 25 microphones. In the second experiment, listeners performed the same task with the addition of a kick drum and hi-hat as part of a performed drum sequence. Results indicate a prominent contrast between the highest and lowest rated microphones and that condensers were rated higher than other subsets tested. The preference for three microphones significantly changed between the two listening test conditions. A post-test survey revealed that most listeners compared high-frequency characteristics, which were measured using spectral features. A positive correlation was observed between test scores of cardioid microphones and the brightness feature.
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