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Robert Lunceford

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Jazz Kick Mic
« on: January 16, 2019, 09:56:10 pm »

Is there a preferred kick drum mic for use on a 20 non-ported kick drum? This is for live performance.
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Re: Jazz Kick Mic
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2019, 10:14:50 pm »

sm58!

Really. Just use sm58 on everything, and i mean everything.
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Re: Jazz Kick Mic
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2019, 10:37:52 pm »

Is there a preferred kick drum mic for use on a 20 non-ported kick drum? This is for live performance.

RE-20, MD421.  Nothing too pre-EQ'd like a D112 or Beta 52 (unless the artist asks for it).

One of the best drum kit sounds I've had for jazz as a pair of AKG C460, x-y pair over the drummer.  He wanted a little more bass drum in his wedge, I boosted 60Hz +3dB and he gave me the thumbs up.  Moral of story - you may not "need" a mic (but having one in place is still a good thing).
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Re: Jazz Kick Mic
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2019, 10:55:05 pm »

RE-20, MD421.  ...

Those would be good choices too, imho. Put the mic more near the rim, instead of the centre of the head. If a Slingerland put it near one of the dampers. Take your time to experiment. I also had good results with placing the mic at the beater head side of the kick.
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Re: Jazz Kick Mic
« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2019, 10:56:21 pm »

i like an M88... on the beater side.  I feel like I get a lot more of the nuance of a good jazz player that way.
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Re: Jazz Kick Mic
« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2019, 11:46:01 pm »

I've had really good results with a Shure KSM32. 
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Re: Jazz Kick Mic
« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2019, 02:25:12 am »

Make certain to listen to a few recordings from the era. Kick drum in traditional small-group jazz is NOT the same thing as more contemporary jazz, and DEFINITELY not like any current music.
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Re: Jazz Kick Mic
« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2019, 03:36:39 am »

I like my SE Electronics X1D for all kick drum applications. It's pretty much flat, even down to very low frequencies, so it just sounds like whatever instrument you've put it in front of.

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Re: Jazz Kick Mic
« Reply #8 on: January 17, 2019, 04:04:07 am »

RE-20, MD421.  Nothing too pre-EQ'd like a D112 or Beta 52 (unless the artist asks for it).

One of the best drum kit sounds I've had for jazz as a pair of AKG C460, x-y pair over the drummer.  He wanted a little more bass drum in his wedge, I boosted 60Hz +3dB and he gave me the thumbs up.  Moral of story - you may not "need" a mic (but having one in place is still a good thing).
I use AKG 460 with CK61 capsule for my overheads.
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Steve M Smith

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Re: Jazz Kick Mic
« Reply #9 on: January 17, 2019, 06:35:22 am »

sm58!

Really. Just use sm58 on everything, and i mean everything.

Yes.  On a few occasions when I haven't had a 'proper' mic, an SM58 has worked fine.

Go back thirty years and we used SM57s and SM58s on the whole kit.


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