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    What are some non-kick drum mics i could use to get a descent sound out of a kick drum and what sort of EQing would i be looking at doing if i dont use a mic specific for kick drums...

    Right now the mics i have include
    PG57
    SM57
    Pg58 x2
    MXL 909 Large diaphragm condenser


    Please be patient with me on these forums as i am a complete audio noob...playing is more my thing =] or maybe you could suggest me a good kick drum mic under 100$?

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    probably the 57. But none are going to be superior by all means. You could download the demo of drumagog and replace what ever sound is recorded with a good kick sample. Or replace it by hand with a good kick sample. It is time consuming but I have done it in a pinch.
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    Nothing says you can only use a "kick" mic for a bass drum. I've used SM-57's before with great results.

    The only rule of thumb/cuation here is that kick drums can move a lot of air. If you're going to use something like your MXL condenser, don't put it right up in the soundhole... leave some room between the mic and the front head.

    Experiment to see what works best for you!

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    The AT Pro 25 us a pretty good and reliable inexpensive kick mic and can be had for about $80. It's the cheaper cousin to the ATM 25 (which is my personal favorite kick mic ).
    Probably the most widely liked mic for kick drum is actually a broadcaster's mic that is fairly expensive and that is the EV RE20 (costs about $400 +)
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    i tend to like even cheap chinese LDC's on a kick drum, particularly if the room sounds good.

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    I agree on the atm 25 being a great mic for kick. I have had mine for over 10 years and got rid of the akg d112 for it and never looked back.
    I originaly got it for floor tom but it worked so much better as a kick mic.

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    RE 20 is great - 350 though but you do get what you pay for. It's great mic on lots of things. I'd rather own one of these than two or three cheap Chinese mics.

    The thing about a good mic is that the signal takes EQ so much better.

    SM57 is liked by some people on kick. Trashy but characterful.

    Heil PR40 is worth checking out at around 200

    I heard the Peavey PVM 520i was a great little (and easy to position) kick/tom mic. Around 100 if you can find one.

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    When I started out and was short of mics I used a SM57, both live and in the studio, also a SM58 some of the time. I even had a cheap Audio Technica vocal mic that I used, they all gave good results. Just experiment with placement, and get a workable sound before touching the eq.

    A friend of mine that does live tours only uses a SM57 kick and swears buy it.

    I now used a D112, or D12 most of the time. But the old recordings with the other mics still sound good today.

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    i agree that given what you have at present the 57 is your goto mic... since you seem to like the pg shures try looking for a 52... or the 56 whiuch is a 57 with some filters and pads on a permanent mount...
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    Of what you have, I agree that the only one that will work is the SM57, but, it will give you a much shallower picture of your kick. If you aren't looking for a rounded kick sound and all you are interested it is the attack, then it is fine. But if you want a rounder deeper tone, you need to cough up a few bucks for a kick mic.
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