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Minka Matikainen

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Re: Best Kick Drum Mic?
« Reply #30 on: February 18, 2011, 02:31:40 am »

D6 D6 D6 D6.

Ya know, for when you have 4 kicks.

But seriously. D6. I get as much click as I want flat, and I can dial in 4kHz if I need more.

901s and 91s are cool, I don't own one yet, but soon I will.

I like the e901 + D6 combo myself also a lot, and I've tried a lot of combos and singles...

How I use it is that I get enough click on the D6, but I need that e901 for the situations where a drummer starts to used his/her double pedals really fast.
Sometimes D6 just turns into mud in these situations, because of the low end and the main purpose for a fast kick is to get the click (hmm... rhyme, by accident  ;D) and this is where e901 comes in picture.

So I typically keep only 1 mic open at one time, depending on situation.

The other mic that I've really liked (although it is a bit more expensive) is AE2500 from Audio Technica. This one is by far the best "combo" I've used myself, but as mentioned, I typically don't need that combo running at the same time and therefore I use D6 + e901, because as individuals I like them more...

The only real bad thing on D6 is the robustness, or actually the lack of it... I've lost multiple capsules on my D6 mics and what I've heard from Audix is that when you live the D6 outside of the kick drum at distance of some 3-5cm (1-2" I think) it gets too much "in it's face" and fades / dies away...

D6 is the only kick mic that has done that for me... Financially it is worth of replacing the capsule 2 times, and then you should buy a new one   :-\
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Re: Best Kick Drum Mic?
« Reply #31 on: February 18, 2011, 12:47:22 pm »

Best ALL AROUND kick drum mic: Another vote for the Beyerdynamic M88  Don't have to fight it to work with Jazz, Christian Pop or Rock. Correct placement of course is essential (for any mic).

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Re: Best Kick Drum Mic?
« Reply #32 on: February 20, 2011, 01:25:04 am »

  ;) audix d6 using it in a 28 inch dw KICK NICE!!!!!!!!
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Re: Best Kick Drum Mic?
« Reply #33 on: February 20, 2011, 02:22:12 pm »

AKG D12 - exactly twice as good as a D6  ;D
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Re: Best Kick Drum Mic?
« Reply #34 on: February 21, 2011, 10:26:24 am »

Simple, practical, & reliable... Beta 52   8)

COOL... my 1st post is on a "best kick drum mic" sticky!
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Re: Best Kick Drum Mic?
« Reply #35 on: February 21, 2011, 06:26:05 pm »

Simple, practical, & reliable... Beta 52   8)

COOL... my 1st post is on a "best kick drum mic" sticky!

Yeah.

Good for all those times when the kick drum sound does not matter all that much.
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Re: Best Kick Drum Mic?
« Reply #36 on: February 23, 2011, 02:25:07 am »

Yeah.

Good for all those times when the kick drum sound does not matter all that much.
Rubbish IMHO,

Quite easy to get a great sound using at 52 on its own. Placement is king really.

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Re: Best Kick Drum Mic?
« Reply #37 on: February 23, 2011, 03:31:50 pm »

Rubbish IMHO,

Quite easy to get a great sound using at 52 on its own. Placement is king really.

I suppose your definition of "great sound" is different than mine.

IMNSHFO, the B52 sucks ass.

Here's another thought.

I agree that placement can be important.

Since this is the case, maybe a mic that's unreasonably huge and hideously heavy with marginal audio characteristics  is not the ideal first choice.
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Re: Best Kick Drum Mic?
« Reply #38 on: February 23, 2011, 07:49:06 pm »

Dave,

On the "old" forum, I know you used some drum mics from Equation Audio...did you get a chance to listen to their kick mic and, if so, what did you think?  I know there's a pretty bug hump in the LF response, but that can be desirable sometimes.
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Re: Best Kick Drum Mic?
« Reply #39 on: February 23, 2011, 09:46:34 pm »

I have a 91, a beta 52, and a D6 and wish I still had my old AKG D12E and Beyerdynamic M88.

Sometimes you need just the right one or two. I've also used a 421 with great results. It depends.
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