View Poll Results: which Kick Drum mic would/did you buy?

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  • ATM 25

    50 15.24%
  • AKG D112

    134 40.85%
  • Sennheiser e602

    36 10.98%
  • Shure Beta52

    108 32.93%
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    You can sometimes find an Audio Technica AT4047/AV Fet for $300 used. I find that mic just amazing on kicks with both skins and no hole. Even with no eq and no compression I find the sound pretty usable.
    For what's it's worth I've had no luck with akg d112s in any circumstances. I find they give a cheesy cliched scooped sound. I personally prefer a md421 where a lot of folks seem to use the d112.

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    I have the Audix D6 - and I love it.


    I've never used anything else however, (except 57 or 58, because I had too), but the Audix D6 is pretty hard to mess up.

    Put it in the kick drum, and you are done.... instantly give you a nice kick sound.

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    I'll tell you what I don't like: the D112 mounted inside the drum via the May internal mounting system. I get a lot of click and not much body. I think it's because the mic is coupled to the shell. The mic position may be related too, but the May mount doesn't have too much range of motion.

    So, use an external stand.

    Most of the mics already named in this thread have great reputations and have been used on many albums and tours. Whether or not you ultimately like any of them depends on the drum, the drummer, the room, the placement, the processing, and the song. Not to muddy the waters, but that's the reality of it.

    I'd recommend buying used, so you can sell the mics you don't like without losing half your investment. This is riskier with condensers, which are more sensitive, but most kick mics are dynamics. (I've seen videos of Bob Heil throwing a PR-30 on the floor to demonstrate how rugged it is.)

    If you have the stomach for more research, there's a couple more kick mics nobody has mentioned. I'm cataloging them all here:
    http://recordinghacks.com/microphones/tag/kick-drum
    Click through to each mic to see reviews and specs.

    I'm most intrigued by the Elation KM202, although that's probably the hardest to get. The factory sells them via Ebay, but they're not common.

    Oh, one last thing -- as you suggest, it's pretty common to mic a kick drum with two mics. One goes inside to capture the attack; another goes outside the front head to capture the tone. You need to be careful of phasing issues, but if that's sorted then a blend of the two might give you the sound that no single mic can. It doubles your budget of course, and consumes another mic pre and probably another input on your DAW. And the mix engineer will probably sound-replace whatever you record with a sample anyway. But it makes single-mic shootouts harder, because ultimately you're only hearing one component of the final sound.

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    So Far for me the best mic I have tried on Kick is a home made "Sub Kick' that I built with a 8 in Subwoofer and a small audio transformer mounted inside a 10 in drum shell....It has a LOT of output, and has a really low end bassy punch....It sounds better with a Kick mic in the drum and the Sub kick at the hole of the drum shell but it also sounds very good by it"s self....

    It cost me pretty much nothing to build it, I just used salvaged parts and mounted the drum on an old cymbol stand...It sure as hell beats paying $400 + for a yahama sub-kick.....

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    I've been using one these StudioSpares unbranded ones:

    http://www.studiospares.com/Mics-Ins...ic/invt/448660

    Considering the silly low price it does a good job.

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    I myself am very fond of the Beta52. Nice solid mic for a kick drum, and also works pretty well on bass cabinets. I do find it takes a little more eq to get to the "sweet spot". But once you find it is a great mic.

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    the correct answer to this poll is the Audix D6.
    Maybe you can interface with my ass, by biting it.
    "It's hopeless. I can hear all this great music in my head, but my stupid hands can't keep up..."

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    Quote Originally Posted by zed32 View Post
    the correct answer to this poll is the Audix D6.

    damn right

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    Audix D-6!!!

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    exactly, this mic is quickly turning into a studio standard and yet most home recording engineers don't seem to put much stock in it. but MAN is that D6 ever the best sounding kick mic. i doubt ill ever use anything different as my main kick mic.

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