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Jonathan Johnson

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Re: Best Kick Drum Mic?
« Reply #60 on: April 16, 2011, 09:36:02 pm »

I hear anything made by Peavy works pretty good....
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Jeff Bankston

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Re: Best Kick Drum Mic?
« Reply #61 on: April 16, 2011, 11:51:51 pm »

I hear anything made by Peavy works pretty good....
well i'll be dipped !!!
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Jonathan Johnson

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Re: Best Kick Drum Mic?
« Reply #62 on: April 17, 2011, 11:34:30 am »

I hear anything made by Peavy works pretty good....
well i'll be dipped !!!
Just so you know, that was quite tongue-in-cheek.

I always thought the best microphone was the one you didn't have.
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Re: Best Kick Drum Mic?
« Reply #63 on: April 21, 2011, 09:13:58 am »

I've only used a few, but here it is:

Beta 52 - I think you could put it in a cardboard box and it will sound the same as when it's in the kick drum.  Very scooped and easy to get a good sound.  It's okay...it will even give you crazy 30Hz and under which is cool I guess.  Pumping through a bunch of 18's, it really drops low.

The AT dual element - The condenser is low and boomy, the dynamic is high and punchy.  Together, they sound pretty good, but are completely flat.  Placement and EQing are a must with this mic.  With a bit of work it will sound great.

Cheapo CAD - Terrible.  I never use it anymore.  No Low end.

CAD M179 LDC - I used it because I hated the cheapo cad.  It's really good.  Throw that baby with the shock mount just outside the hole with the PAD on.  EQ for taste.  Nice punch with just enough rumble afterwords (if your kick produces that).  The M179 has a hyped low end and high end sound that helps the kick.  I want to experiment with it more.  Also great as an overhead mic.

SM27 - Sounds just like the kick drum.  I think I prefer it only for recording if at all.  There's better stuff for cheaper.

U87 - Only use in studio.  Place far enough away not to damage it.  Good with resonant head removed for far miking.  The low end and clarity is fantastic.
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Re: Best Kick Drum Mic?
« Reply #64 on: April 22, 2011, 06:25:03 pm »

I hear anything made by Peavy works pretty good....
well i'll be dipped !!!
Just so you know, that was quite tongue-in-cheek.

I always thought the best microphone was the one you didn't have.

Actually, the Peavey 520 was a pretty good kick drum mic, but I liked it better as a "utility" dynamic. It worked well on low brass and upright string basses too.
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Re: Best Kick Drum Mic?
« Reply #65 on: May 01, 2011, 12:20:36 pm »

::) 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.

AKG D-12E although very hard to find now.
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Re: Best Kick Drum Mic?
« Reply #66 on: May 06, 2011, 05:56:26 pm »

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

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

Erh.."practical!?!?"

I would have thought that would be an easy one we could all agree on - that the b52 is big and clumsy, heavy so it can't be placed far from the base of a small base stand, has an annoying swivel joint that never locks in place but always creep.

Pain in the ass IMO. I have no big problem with the sound, though - not my first choice but it can work fine.
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Re: Best Kick Drum Mic?
« Reply #67 on: May 07, 2011, 04:59:36 pm »

FWIW I have always used a D112 and been very happy with it. I'm by no means a tech expert and could not go into the reasons why, Just like it...:D
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Re: Best Kick Drum Mic?
« Reply #68 on: May 11, 2011, 12:28:12 pm »

well first off there are options galore, so you need to ask your self how do you want the kick to sound, what style of music?  starting there you can then really get into the niddy gritty of best mic/mics, to get the best sound you might need to use 1 or more mics as well.
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Re: Best Kick Drum Mic?
« Reply #69 on: June 19, 2011, 01:55:31 pm »

well first off there are options galore, so you need to ask your self how do you want the kick to sound, what style of music?  starting there you can then really get into the niddy gritty of best mic/mics, to get the best sound you might need to use 1 or more mics as well.

I own D6 / beta 52 / pl33 but I have to say the new EV RE320 IS My knew favorite.

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