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Kick Drum Microphone Shoot-Out (beta52,D112,D6,md421,4050,sm27,414,sm57)

Postby natecoemusic » Wed Apr 24, 2013 12:31 am

Whats your favorite kick drum microphone?


YouTube Kick Drum Microphone Shoot-Out
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Re: Kick Drum Microphone Shoot-Out (beta52,D112,D6,md421,4050,sm27,414,sm57)

Postby Bossman » Wed Apr 24, 2013 8:04 am

My favourite Kick drum microphones are (in no particular order) Audix D6, Shure Beta52A and Sennheiser e902

(I didn't watch the Youtube video)
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Re: Kick Drum Microphone Shoot-Out (beta52,D112,D6,md421,4050,sm27,414,sm57)

Postby _ Six _ » Wed Apr 24, 2013 8:17 am

It depends on the kit, the player, the room and the song..

Two that really stick out for me are the Audix D6 for being good and the D112 for being awful. I like to use LDC on kick drums. It sounds great in some applications.
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Re: Kick Drum Microphone Shoot-Out (beta52,D112,D6,md421,4050,sm27,414,sm57)

Postby The Elf » Wed Apr 24, 2013 8:19 am

It's all about context.

If I need a 'scooped' sound (a lot of metal/rock requires this) then the D6 is ideal. Despite producing a very shaped sound it still sounds natural.

If I want a rounded 'fluffy' kick, maybe for jazz/blues, or a ballad, then the D112 works well. It sounds honest and takes extreme EQ gracefully.

If I want a dry 'pop' sound, maybe for some trashy/punk/indie style, or 70s disco(!), then the MD421 (I prefer the older models) is ideal. The tamed extreme lows and 'knocky' mids make for an easier time placing the kick in the mix.

When the kick is critical, and I feel I'm going to need options, I also like an SM91 inside the shell near the beater, and a sub-kick out front.

On occasions I place an ADK S7 a couple of feet out - that's my 'secret weapon' mic!

I like the Beta 52, but I don't own one; I've pretty much got the angles covered with combinations of the above. Some day soon I'm going to give an RE20 a try-out.
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Re: Kick Drum Microphone Shoot-Out (beta52,D112,D6,md421,4050,sm27,414,sm57)

Postby 4TrackMadman » Thu May 02, 2013 6:27 am

Considering that I had Beta52 and D112 in the studio I pretty much agree with the Elf as to their uses. I used to couple them and phase align with SM57s for more "click" or even throw in an AT4040 condenser or one of the other ones (Oktava, Shure KSM41, AKG414) on the kick for a wider range, each case was different so I can't really say I'll never use the D112 on metal production or the Beta52 on jazz, and so forth.
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Re: Kick Drum Microphone Shoot-Out (beta52,D112,D6,md421,4050,sm27,414,sm57)

Postby ChinaAudio » Fri Jun 21, 2013 6:42 am

I like choie the Sennhaiser MD421 when recording the kickdrum
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Re: Kick Drum Microphone Shoot-Out (beta52,D112,D6,md421,4050,sm27,414,sm57)

Postby 2M » Fri Jun 21, 2013 7:23 pm

I recently recorded a kick from about a meter away with a t-bone (Thomann) ribbon mic. The results were quite surprisingly good for such a budget mic. Sometimes out of the box ideas work great :-)
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Re: Kick Drum Microphone Shoot-Out (beta52,D112,D6,md421,4050,sm27,414,sm57)

Postby Martin Walker » Fri Jun 21, 2013 8:16 pm

Hah! The educational aspects of the SOS Forum have never been so obvious

I suspect natecoemusic posted that YouTube link here to get lots of people visiting his shootout, but what happens?

Everyone here has replied with their own advice on kick drum mic choices, and no-one seems to have watched his video at all


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Re: Kick Drum Microphone Shoot-Out (beta52,D112,D6,md421,4050,sm27,414,sm57)

Postby Mike Stranks » Sat Jun 22, 2013 7:45 am

Quite so Martin... and just to keep things going... if, like me, you can only afford/justify one kick-mic I find the Sennheiser e602 (and probably the e902) gives a good account of itself in most contexts.

By the way... I don't have one - just like to use them when I get the opportunity!
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Re: Kick Drum Microphone Shoot-Out (beta52,D112,D6,md421,4050,sm27,414,sm57)

Postby ericbdrummin » Mon Jun 24, 2013 4:54 am

D6 inside and a subkick.
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Re: Kick Drum Microphone Shoot-Out (beta52,D112,D6,md421,4050,sm27,414,sm57)

Postby Marshy15 » Tue Jun 25, 2013 9:14 am

I love an Audix D6 on the kick, but the Shure Beta 91a sounds great. I'll always try a sub kick out as well.
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Re: Kick Drum Microphone Shoot-Out (beta52,D112,D6,md421,4050,sm27,414,sm57)

Postby benniferj » Tue Jun 25, 2013 9:51 am

Never really keen on kick drum 'shootouts' where you aren't hearing the kick sound in context with anything else. As most of us surely know, you can make an instrument (not just kick of course) sound bloody fantastic solo'd but in a mix it just doesn't work. At all.

Not convinced that the kick drum in the test sounds that great on any of the mics either - not really what i'd be going for!

(Senn 902 all the way btw. Save that D6 for a floor tom!)
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