Shure PG52?

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by jawamboldt, Dec 25, 2004.

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  1. jawamboldt

    jawamboldt Guest

    I'm looking to purchase a bass drum mic in the very near future. I've been considering the Shure PG52 since I can get one new for $85 and was wondering how it compares to the mics that are about $100 more such as Beta 52, D112, 602, or anything else. I'm not looking for a professional recording, I just want something decent.

  2. inLoco

    inLoco Active Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    if it's just for recording something without sounding better it's an ok mic!
    but if you have the money try getting the d112! it's way better and who knows if in the future you'd use it instead of trying to upgrade something you had bought earlier...
  3. FunkGarden

    FunkGarden Guest

    I've had both the PG52 and the Beta52. The beta is a much cleaner and punchier sound and I love it. I also had an audix d6, but I thought it was garbage, way too much low-end 'flubieness' and not as tight as the beta52 or the pg52.

    Its all up to taste, for me their is no other than the Beta52 and its well worth the extra $$.

  4. Hacksaw

    Hacksaw Guest

    the Shure PG52, I don't think you should waste your time on it. Iam using it to record on a 16 bit pro tools system and I can't get it to sound good at all. I like a little punch and it just don't have it. Thats my take on it. Iam considering going with the D112.

  5. jawamboldt

    jawamboldt Guest

    I haven't been around in a while, but thanks, looks like I'll steer clear of the PG52. No sense in compromising when I can do so much better for a little under $200 total. Although for the time being, I've had great luck miking by kick with an old Shure BG2.1 that a friend have me for free since he hadn't used it in years.
  6. sproll

    sproll Active Member

    Oct 7, 2004
    If I was you I'd save up a little more and buy an Audix D6. They are fairly cheap on Ebay and one of the best kick mics around. They also work great on bass cabinets and hey, in a few years you won't be shelling out another couple hundred to upgrade your mic you don't like anymore.

    Just my opinion. I have one and it's awesome! Anyone who thinks they are garbage must not know how to tune their drums, because it's the best I've ever heard my kick! I have used Sennheiser, Shure, AKG, Audix and some different PZM mics and the Audix is the best.

    I don't think the Shure kick drum mics get much love around here, but do some research... maybe I'm wrong.

  7. trid

    trid Guest

    of the mics mentioned the akg d112 gets my vote.
  8. maintiger

    maintiger Well-Known Member

    Dec 3, 2003
    Whittier, California, USA
    I got a d112 on ebay new for $150- about a year or so ago-
  9. twon

    twon Guest

    beta 52 or d6 is the way to go... havent used the d112 <edit> sorry meant i probably havent used a d112 enough </edit>
  10. trid

    trid Guest


    how can you definitively say 'this' mic is the way to go while admitting you haven't tried 'that' mic. if there's one thing to learn about recording it's that experimenting is key. if there's one thing to learn about discussing recording it's to not state your opinions as fact, as someone is bound to tear you a new one.
  11. funkbomb

    funkbomb Guest

    Old topic, yes--

    Just wanted to add that I owned a PG drum kit set a while back and using them was so disgusting it made me want to wash my hands while mixing. Sold them within a month.

    PG is for children.
  12. djrr3k

    djrr3k Guest

    D112 is not the mic for you if you want a good clean punchy sound. The Beta 52 is nice, it has more of a tailored frequency response for rock and in general gives a good low & hi boost with a touch of a mid cut straight out of the box. The PG52 is acceptable though, it doesn't have a neodymium magnet, it's not supercardiod, and it's not as smooth... but. If you can tune the kick and know your placement it will get you results.

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