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Chris Gruber

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Best Kick Drum Mic?
« on: January 11, 2011, 01:49:21 am »

 ::) Figured I'd get this one out of the way. I'll answer that it is situational, what sound I am looking for determines which mic I select. Therefor there are many, "BEST" kick drum mics.
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Mike Baker

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Re: Best Kick Drum Mic?
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2011, 09:16:22 pm »

You did of course search the forums before asking that question I hope.

Sorry couldn't resist.....  ;)
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Re: Best Kick Drum Mic?
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2011, 10:00:54 pm »

The best kick mic?

The one you happen to be using at the moment.

By the way...I'm wondering, under what circumstances, would I ever use the "kiss" smiley...
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Re: Best Kick Drum Mic?
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2011, 05:51:53 pm »

Ok, for sake of content because maybe some real newbie like myself is going to come on here looking for this.. I am going to for example, start a constructive argument and say...

I use a lot of different kick drum mics, a lot of the pro mics out there sound.. not bad.... My go to mic for a 1 mic application is an Audix D6, I like it's response for a carved out mid range kick drum sound. Lost of sub, punch and click. Good for a modern kick sound. Another good mic is the AKG D112. A different response characteristic but still a good sounding mic to me, it's got fuller lower mid range. I use that for Jazz type acts. A kick mic I stay away from is the Shure Beta52, I never liked it. It's dynamics seem too flabby or something.  All three of those mics I have had for 5 plus years and they haven't missed a beat. So as for durability, there ain't much to break, and the Shure is probably best used as a hammer.
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Re: Best Kick Drum Mic?
« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2011, 05:55:13 pm »

Oh ya, one more thing..  :-* my  ;) y maybe??
Joke, by the way.
The above post proves I am credible and not some hack..
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Re: Best Kick Drum Mic?
« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2011, 10:04:33 pm »

rubbish. Everyone knows the best kick drum is a 1989 Radio Shack PZM mic, non-modified with the funky batteries in it, gaff-taped to the resonant head on the outside, with cable hanging down at a 167 angle. Others may claim this or that, or say "it depends," but that's a copout for the true BEST KICK DRUM MIC.
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Re: Best Kick Drum Mic?
« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2011, 12:22:40 pm »

Currently my kick drum staple would be the Shure Beta 52 in the hole and the SM91 inside the drum.
I've recently started trying out the Audix D6 - Beta 91 combo, and have been getting pleasing results. I'm just so used to the 52 though, quick to get up and go, depending what type sound i'm looking for I guess.
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Re: Best Kick Drum Mic?
« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2011, 12:38:05 pm »

My mics of choice right now are D6 outside and e901 inside.  Tons of punch, low end, and click.  Lots of guys in town use to Beta 52 but I really don't care for it.  I think that it takes less work to make sound OK, but does not sound 1/2 as good as the D6 or e901 when properly setup. 
« Last Edit: January 13, 2011, 12:39:44 pm by limelight »
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Re: Best Kick Drum Mic?
« Reply #8 on: January 13, 2011, 12:39:34 pm »

My mics of choice right now are D6 outside and e901 inside.  Tons of punch, low end, and click.  Lots of guys in town use to Beta 52 but I really don't care for it.  I think that it takes less work to make sound OK, but does not sound 1/2 as good as the D6 of e901 when properly setup.

Chris -

Go to your profile and put your full name in the Name field.

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Re: Best Kick Drum Mic?
« Reply #9 on: January 14, 2011, 01:52:12 am »

::) Figured I'd get this one out of the way. I'll answer that it is situational, what sound I am looking for determines which mic I select. Therefor there are many, "BEST" kick drum mics.

the best microphone is the one that cost double of the one you just bought...lol
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