Drum mics. are Audix mics good?

Discussion in 'Drums' started by stalefish, Jun 18, 2004.

  1. stalefish

    stalefish Active Member

    Jul 12, 2003
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    hey guys how's the going?

    i've been told the D112 is the standard for kick drums. i was also told the audix D6 was better for recording than the D112. also was told that Beyer M88 'wears out ' pretty fast and i would have to replace the capsule alot ( except for the older m88 ones.. ). then there's also that EV mic...

    please advise as i do not have the budget for all 3 of the above. :D

    will ask about snares, toms, hihats and overheads soon :)
  2. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    77 Sunset Lane.
    I had a chance to tour the Audix plant in Wilsonville OR last year. They have an impressive facility.

    They lent me a D6 to compare to my AKG D112 and I thought the D6 sounded very good. Not the same as the D112, the D6 doesn't have as much click to it as the AKG.

    I used the D6 for a while but have recenty reverted back to the D112 .. I just like the AKG better..
  3. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2001
    Silicon Valley
    Audix makes good mics. Like most that make mic's, some are better than others. You will find Audix mic's being used in professional live sound applications used by major artists playing all over the globe. That is a pretty good indication that they are not only good but are widely accepted. I've used them in live sound several times and not only like them but have even been impressed. They have not yet reached the same level of respect as other mic making companines and don't yet often make it in to the hi-end recording circles, but that may change as time goes by.
  4. djui5

    djui5 Guest

    Have you had a chance to listen to a Beta 52? By far one of my top 2 inside kick mic's....

    The other is the AE2500...

    The Audix D6 is a great tom mic.

    PS. Personally I hate the D112....it's ok on some floor tom's..but I'd never use it on a kick if I had a choice..
  5. Treena Foster

    Treena Foster Active Member

    Jul 4, 2003
    stalefish, you can hear a kick drum mic'ed using a D6.

    Anotomy of a Drum Mix pt 1 & 2

    A short demonstration of how a drum mix sounds and the steps to getting a drum mix set up.

    Recorded using a JLM TMP8 eight channel mic preamp, Audix D6 on kick drum, Beyer ND201 on snare, ATM pro 35's on 4 rack and floor toms AKG C451LB on hat and 460B's on overheads.

  6. Doublehelix

    Doublehelix Well-Known Member

    Oct 7, 2001
    I also like the Audix D2's, and have a pair of them that I use for ride toms. I prefer them nowadays to my MD421's (Blasphamy!).

    The D1, D3 and D4 did nothing for me, although I also love the D6, and use it more than my D112.

  7. tripnek

    tripnek Active Member

    Jun 9, 2003
    I have used the D-6, AKG D112, Shure Beta 52, Sennheiser MD 421, and the EV RE-20 (not to mention several cheapo mics) on kick drum and the D-6 is my overall favorite of all of them. Some are better for certain applications, but the D-6 is my go-to kick mic. Not shure of the other Audix models. I had a pair of Beta 52s and disliked them so much that I sold them, and I rarely sell a mic once I have it. I generally just add more to the collection. I've heard good things about the Beyer but never used one.
    I usually use a large condenser in front of the kick as well. AKG 414, AT4033, u87 or whatever is available.
    As for the rest of the kit, I use MD 421 for toms or on rare occasion the SM57. I use SM57 and or MD 421 for top snare mics. Depending on the snare I use an SM57, MD421 or a small condeser on the side or bottom of the snare if I need it. A pair of AT4033, AKG 414 or AKG 451 for over heads. Akg 451, sm81 or sm 57 for hi-hat. AKG 451 on ride or other specific symbal if needed.
  8. bgavin

    bgavin Guest

    I own a D4, but find it is bested by my ATM25 on kick. The D4 is fine for other toms, bass and guitar cabs. I'd like to try a D3 for lead guitar cabs.

    For snare, I'm really diggin' the ATM23HE I picked up for this purpose. It really sounds like a snare. I'd like to have a Beyer M201, but they don't show up at reasonable prices.

    As a bassist, I've played through a D2 used to mic 4x10 cabs, and they do a fine job of retaining the punch of the 10s.

    And yes, I'd like to have a D6 for kick, even though I'm very happy with the ATM25.
  9. Shadow_7

    Shadow_7 Active Member

    Mar 22, 2010
    The Audix i5 was/is supposed to be a good snare mic. I have one, but don't really mic drums, except at great distances. Camcorder perspective. I've tried it on trombone and if you have a really bad room, and just need a demo or audition tape, I could see it being of use. But I prefer most of my other mics to use on non-drum things. It's a mic that I don't hate, but it really doesn't do much for me for trombone. Granted that it's my only dynamic mic, and I'm a little biased to stereo pairs. Plus most of my other mics are many times it's price point.
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