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Nathan Vanderslice

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Re: Best Kick Drum Mic?
« Reply #240 on: April 06, 2021, 10:09:01 PM »

I should have added.....
Sadly in my experience, there are not enough drummers who can tune a kick drum on the 'weekend Warrior' circuit.  With a decent sounding drum to start with, it is pretty quick and straightforward to get any mic dialed in but when dealing with an inferior tone along with being given very little time to tweak to help matters, sometimes short cuts can be very handy and I'd suppose I'd call the D6 a short cut.
Lack of ability, not knowing that they need to do it for good sound, or can't be bothered?
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Re: Best Kick Drum Mic?
« Reply #241 on: April 10, 2021, 02:21:05 PM »

Lack of ability, not knowing that they need to do it for good sound, or can't be bothered?


d) All of the above.


...sometimes :)
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Re: Best Kick Drum Mic?
« Reply #242 on: May 14, 2023, 05:42:33 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.

I used an M88 last night for the first time. I now know what the best kick mic is.
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Re: Best Kick Drum Mic?
« Reply #243 on: May 15, 2023, 12:50:05 PM »

I used an M88 last night for the first time. I now know what the best kick mic is.

They are fantastic until they blow out. Then they are nothing.
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Re: Best Kick Drum Mic?
« Reply #244 on: May 15, 2023, 06:55:24 PM »

They are fantastic until they blow out. Then they are nothing.

How often does that happen?
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« Reply #245 on: May 22, 2023, 01:01:41 PM »

How often does that happen?

The M-88"TG" was made in response to kick drum use.  Same polar response, different diaphragm and suspension, IIRC.

How often will either submodel fail?  Depends on the drummer/genre/placement.  That a model was built to accommodate drum use kind of tells me Beyer didn't want to do warranty replacements at the then rate of failure.  What is that rate?  Dunno.
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Re: Best Kick Drum Mic?
« Reply #246 on: May 23, 2023, 07:00:13 PM »

The M-88"TG" was made in response to kick drum use.  Same polar response, different diaphragm and suspension, IIRC.

How often will either submodel fail?  Depends on the drummer/genre/placement.  That a model was built to accommodate drum use kind of tells me Beyer didn't want to do warranty replacements at the then rate of failure.  What is that rate?  Dunno.

Mine is a TG. I'll use the windscreen. It's an amazing kick mic. Thank you Tim
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Re: Best Kick Drum Mic?
« Reply #247 on: June 25, 2023, 09:20:38 PM »

Mine is a TG. I'll use the windscreen. It's an amazing kick mic. Thank you Tim

Has anyone here tried the Beyer Boundary mic? I'm wondering if they might have learned from the 88 and make something that sounds the same and is a bit more sturdy?
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Re: Best Kick Drum Mic?
« Reply #248 on: June 26, 2023, 11:09:27 AM »

Has anyone here tried the Beyer Boundary mic? I'm wondering if they might have learned from the 88 and make something that sounds the same and is a bit more sturdy?
I use the Beyer TG-D71 boundary mic on kick drums and I like it.  It's slightly more compact than a Beta 91.  It sounds good and eliminates a mic stand and therefore the opportunity for a performer to knock the bass drum mic out of position.  I use an Audix D6 when I can't use the Beyer.
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Re: Best Kick Drum Mic?
« Reply #249 on: July 13, 2023, 05:14:47 PM »

I use the Beyer TG-D71 boundary mic on kick drums and I like it.  It's slightly more compact than a Beta 91.  It sounds good and eliminates a mic stand and therefore the opportunity for a performer to knock the bass drum mic out of position.  I use an Audix D6 when I can't use the Beyer.

I use one for exactly the same reason, its nice to eliminate the stand on some of the narrow stages we end up on, my back up is a D112.
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