Earlier I posted about a couple of budget mics that I had recently purchased and thought that perhaps a follow-up on their performance to this point would be in order. I had almost forgotten how powerful and complete a decent class A FET mic sounds on a kick drum! I have had the priviledge of using a nice old Neumann 47 fet on a kick in the past but that was many years hence. Its also a mic mentioned in the high-end sites as THE mic for kick drums. Its not just the brand that makes it for this application, its the type of mic that does this as well. The FET circuit in a well-built LDC such as the GrooveTubes GT55 I recently purchased is so fast in its response time and so well suited for plosive transients that I may never use a dynamic again on the kick drum! I also have custom-built sub-kick setups and these arent needed now either! I want to qualify that a bit........Of Course I will use one of my dynamics again as well as the sub-kick.....All I'm saying is the application of the LDC with the tight pattern, great spl handling, and full-range response is a great go-to for a kick drum. I can think of several companies who make fairly budget conscious mics in this genre that I would trust for this. You wont be sticking the mic inside the drum by any means so don't try it like that if you havent mic'd a kick like this before! This could destroy a decent mic! But if you have an LDC with a high spl rating I would say give it a go. I placed the GT55 about 8" slightly off-center and slightly out of squre with the resonant head. I did find that I will be changing the resonant head on this kick very soon as its a bit to 'plastic' sounding. I'll use a nice two-ply rocker type to increase the 'thud'. The tightness of the pattern is another place you're going to get better results. The GT55 has a very tight pattern and is a bit 'darker' in its sound that some 'fizzy' cheap imitation of a decent piece of equipment, so choose wisely. With a well tuned drum and a properly placed transducer, you my be able to achieve kick-drum nadir. I will see to posting a sample later today.