The type of drum is a standard kit ....and i need to know the types of mics i will need to use and also their type (condenser/dynamic),brand names along with frequency response,directionality in terms of polar patterns and as well as sensitivity measures of each mic in each piece

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  • Micing drums is a skill and an art and takes a long time to master. A pro studio should have the kit and the skills and every engineer will have their own favourite mics.and mic positions.
    – PeterJ
    Mar 18 '20 at 11:11

Use whatever the studio has.
Use their engineer to set it up.

If they already have a studio kit, consider using that instead.* Their engineer will be very familiar with it.

The time to be learning how to mic up a large drum kit in a room you don't know with mics you don't know is not now. You will not get it right in a week, maybe not even a month.

It takes years to know instinctively what will work on a kit even in a room you know with mics you already know.

Half of the data you are requesting is really unimportant to that learning curve, it's merely incidental, & one engineer will use a cardioid dynamic mic where another would use an omni condenser.
Both are correct.

…and one late point…
A good mic cupboard to do this can cost in excess of 10 thousand dollars.

*Anecdotally, at one time in my life I had the …ermm… pleasure of being hired to do a 'best of the local bands' album. So we had basically one band every 2 days for about a month.
All the drummers brought their own kits. 70% of them ended up using the studio kit because theirs sounded like pants.
For the more insistent drummers I did a fast tune-up & got something respectable out of them [usually using the studio cymbals]. Most times, though, even if the drummer preferred his own kit, the rest of the band managed to talk him out of it ;)

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    Super answer - +1. OP says professional studio. Odds are it's already set up! And you're spot on about studio kits. Why would they be there if they weren't doing a superb job already..?
    – Tim
    Mar 18 '20 at 10:15
  • I hear that really good drummers may want to bring their own snare drum and perhaps some cymbals to a professional studio, and use the rest as is.
    – Jos
    Mar 18 '20 at 10:35
  • @Jos - experience counts for everything. I can take my kit into any studio & have it ready to be miked inside 10 mins. I also know how best to mic it, in general, & know it is already tuned for recording, not live. I would still make extensive use of the in-house engineer's advice, based on his knowledge & experience of the room & mic cupboard.
    – Tetsujin
    Mar 18 '20 at 10:54
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    @Tetsujin - I'd guess about one in twenty drummers are as organised as you.
    – PeterJ
    Mar 18 '20 at 11:13
  • @PeterJ - it's possibly more that fewer than 1 in 20 drummers is predominantly a sound engineer/producer who also happens to be a player.. & very very finnicky when I'm recording ;)
    – Tetsujin
    Mar 18 '20 at 11:30

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