bass drum mic,s - Which one is the best

Discussion in 'Drums' started by dirtyktm, Feb 16, 2005.

  1. dirtyktm

    dirtyktm Guest

    Looking for the best Bass drum mic. -I have used Audix D6 - The AKG D112 and Sure Beta 52A - But I'm sure there's something a little cleaner out there. Someone said the Electro Voice Re20 is what you see Bonham using even though I think its more of a vocal mic. EV also has a Bass drum mic a N/D868 that I have never tried. Who out there has the real skinny. dirtyktm :roll:
  2. J-3

    J-3 Active Member

    Jul 20, 2004
    Hmmm, what about those mics do you not like? Do you want a condensor sound? A Ribbon? I believe AT make a kick mick with a dynamic and condensor element in one body. Not shure the number or how it sounds. ATM 25? D12? U47? R-121? SM7? MD421? Those are some more usual suspects with a curveball or two added in. Tried an SM57or a pressure zone mic (PZM) ?
  3. jonyoung

    jonyoung Well-Known Member

    Dec 31, 2003
    Try out a Sennheiser e602. I did a shootout between it and D112, Beta 52, RE20, Audix D4 (before D6 was available) and AT25. It slaughtered all of 'em. It's fat but not tubby, with a slight boost at 3k for a hair of click. They're around $200.
  4. stickers

    stickers Active Member

    Jan 31, 2005
    Lowell MA
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    While doing live sound this past weekend, a drummer had an e602 attached inside his kick. Sounded great. I needed barely any eq just took a smidge of low-mids out. Of course, the kick drum itself sounded good to begin and im sure that made the biggest difference.

    The place i do live sound for uses a beta 52 whuch afine kick drum mic as well.

    And I own a D6.

    Ive had good results with all of them so i guess im no help.

    But if you want a great bang for your buck get the Audix DP5 kit for $650. 5 mics: D1, (2) D2, D4 and a D6 and it comes with 4 rackmount vices and a nice case and the nice case is what really counts, right? hehe.
  5. dirtyktm

    dirtyktm Guest

    Sounds good. Ill give the Sennheiser a try. I'm not really sure why I'm not satisfied with the D6 I was using but I just sold it with the rest of the Audix mic set -D2s D4 and D1. I have found that the best snare and tom mic (that I have used) are the Beta57s. They are really clean and dont have that square edge sound that makes toms and snares a little iratating. Theres a cat selling them for $95. on Ebay, thats a steal. Thanks for your imput any one else want to pipe in,by all means go ahead.
  6. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Dec 10, 2001
    Pacific NW
    The combo At mic is (i think?) an AT2500. I've heard one.Not really used it. It was a kick mic in a kick drum.If the drum itself is stellar then all the usual suspects will apply.
  7. jonyoung

    jonyoung Well-Known Member

    Dec 31, 2003
    The Sennheiser e604 is the tom mic companion to the 602, I'm very pleased with them also. If the kit only has two toms, I use the 3rd 604 clipped to the bottom rim of the floor tom for a clapper mic. There's a set available with all of them.
  8. DaveRunyan

    DaveRunyan Active Member

    Dec 13, 2004
    I can pretty much stick a D-6 inside any kick drum I run into and be quite happy with it. Very little EQ most of the time. The main thing for me is to make sure it is a great sounding drum to begin with.
  9. Barkingdogstudios

    Barkingdogstudios Active Member

    Oct 29, 2003
    I'm going to start sounding like a broken record ....

    RE20 with Recorderman's sub mic. Actually, pretty much any of the fine mics listed in this thread paired with Recorderman's sub mic will give you all the attack you need and more bottom end (without having to actively filter, pad or compress) than you'll ever want. I built my sub mic for about $30 and it works like a charm. In fact, my drum teacher who produces professionally, had me build one for him.

    I have used all of the mics listed so far in this thread with the exception of the Sennheiser. I would add the AKG D12e to the list especially if you're going to record a bass drum with the resonant head still on for jazz or that 60's kick sound. If I had to choose just one, however, it would probably be the EV RE20 because it can be used for lots of other things.

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