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JamesButera

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Re: Best Kick Drum Mic?
« Reply #10 on: January 14, 2011, 08:53:06 pm »

It all starts with the drum and the player. I'm a Sennheiser E902 with a E901 on the inside junkie. Although I've watched FOH guys get amazing sounds with the Beta 52/91 combo. Check out the Heil PR48 if you get a chance, probably the only other mic that I'd use besides the Sennheiser E902.
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Re: Best Kick Drum Mic?
« Reply #11 on: January 14, 2011, 09:06:58 pm »

It all starts with the drum and the player.

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Re: Best Kick Drum Mic?
« Reply #12 on: January 14, 2011, 11:34:59 pm »

As always there is only one correct answer to this question.... Beyer M88.
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Re: Best Kick Drum Mic?
« Reply #13 on: January 15, 2011, 09:58:20 am »

As always there is only one correct answer to this question.... Beyer M88.
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Re: Best Kick Drum Mic?
« Reply #14 on: January 15, 2011, 11:29:09 pm »

I really like the sound of the E902, I do most of my shows with it. If I have a metal band I'll pull out the E901 8) For recording I put both to have more options.
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Re: Best Kick Drum Mic?
« Reply #15 on: January 16, 2011, 03:36:10 am »

There is never only one answer
In a lot of situations, I like the RE-20.
With some bands, even the lowly D-112 is "right"
Used a '58 on a fly date where my mic box arrived the day after the show.....
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Re: Best Kick Drum Mic?
« Reply #16 on: January 16, 2011, 05:05:13 am »

IT DEPENDS.

On a normal day, I have a wide variety of mics available.  I try to choose the one that compliments the instrument, drummer's style, genre, etc.  One night might require a 91 in/D6 out, while the next might require an M88 on an intact resonant head.  Or a CAD E100.  Or a D112.  Or a transformerless SM58.  Or a pair of DPA 4061's with no kick or any other close mic.  Don't limit your options!

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Re: Best Kick Drum Mic?
« Reply #17 on: January 22, 2011, 12:04:57 am »

1) I seriously hope this was the first thread in the Lounge.
2) I only with I could have authored it.

3) Any mic will work, the important part is a good sounding drum, played correctly
3)B) As previously proven, sometimes the best mic is no mic.

4) Please, Please, Please make this a sticky. One and done, for eternity, or the end of this forum whichever comes first.

Regards, Jack
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Re: Best Kick Drum Mic?
« Reply #18 on: January 22, 2011, 05:06:00 am »

It's funny, the thing up on stage that has the narrowest range gets a whole lot of attention.
When I was hauling gear and asking sage sound people I was always told ...
"If you can't get a decent kick drum sound with an SM57 or 58 then your rig/gig ratio is probably off."

If you've worn the silkscreen off your 57 then you should know no one goes home singing the kick drum.
Well, except maybe the crowd I had tonight.

Gate it, flip polarity, tune the drum, mic the beater side, use 2 mics, change the pillow, aux feed the kick channel, cut a hole in the head, use it to key the bass compressor, PZM omni hypercardiod phantom that sucker. 
Just don't settle for inferior kick, there's always an excuse to buy a microphone.
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Re: Best Kick Drum Mic?
« Reply #19 on: January 22, 2011, 10:21:52 am »

1) I seriously hope this was the first thread in the Lounge.
2) I only with I could have authored it.

3) Any mic will work, the important part is a good sounding drum, played correctly
3)B) As previously proven, sometimes the best mic is no mic.

4) Please, Please, Please make this a sticky. One and done, for eternity, or the end of this forum whichever comes first.

Regards, Jack

I was going to ask if this should be made sticky.

I have made it so.

Since we are all about The Community here, I can be talked out of it.
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