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Nu-tra 4th February 2007 02:10 AM

Audix D2 and D4
 
How do these suckers sound? How do they compare to the EV N/D468 or 421's?

Klauth 4th February 2007 02:50 AM

I use them both(inside the toms) to me, they both reveal the sound source as though it really is. great mics and are physically very tough! money well spent! I prefer them to the 421's (which I also have) The audix seem to EQ cleaner in the mix, if that makes any sense? -klauth.

jslevin 4th February 2007 02:53 AM

We've switched from the 421's to the D2 and D4. Much, much easier to deal with, and they sound every bit as good if not better.

JSL

Jonboy79 4th February 2007 03:11 AM

I've used them and I'm a big Audix fan but honestly, I loved the little clip on sennheisers much better. They're all great mics though.

Screwdio 4th February 2007 05:38 AM

I've got 'em both. Use 'em. Like 'em. Good solid sound. Good solid mic's.

SoundUniverse 4th February 2007 06:41 AM

I use D-2's on rack toms and D-4's on floor toms and love them. The "clean eq" statement is a very good one as they are very plyable if that makes any sense. They just seem to cut through and sound very big

Nu-tra 4th February 2007 07:17 AM

rock! how is the bleed? Smooth or trash canny like the 421?

theom 4th February 2007 09:43 AM

love D4 on toms
 
D4 by audix.

Get some and give them a try, I love them and I do think the sound a lot like 421's.


D2 vs D4:

To me the D2 sounds like a band passed D4. so... I'd rather have the full range out of the D4.

Doublehelix 4th February 2007 04:15 PM

I like the Audix D2 and D4 mics, but I also love my MD421s! They all have their uses, depending on the kit/song/style/drummer...blah...blah...blah.

The D2s on the smaller ride toms really impress me, and I can get some great rock tom sounds out of them.

BJohnston 4th February 2007 05:29 PM

D2's and D4's are much more diverse/usable with many different sounding drum kits than the 421's...IMO. The 421 is a great mic, but it can be a bit fussy with certain drum tones.

B

matskull 22nd April 2009 05:33 PM

Are the clip good?
They don't seem to have a suspension on them and I wonder if it changes the sound compared to a normal stand.

I'm used to MD421, would I be better with the D4 or the D2?

theom 22nd April 2009 05:37 PM

D4
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by matskull (Post 4119960)
Are the clip good?
They don't seem to have a suspension on them and I wonder if it changes the sound compared to a normal stand.

I'm used to MD421, would I be better with the D4 or the D2?

The D4 is closer to the 421

matskull 22nd April 2009 05:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by theom (Post 4119975)
The D4 is closer to the 421

Ok, is the D2 brighter or something?

Also, it's stupid but what does the case looks like, does it have a soft case like the sm57 included?
thanks

Jimbo 22nd April 2009 05:51 PM

I've been using my D4 for live (stage) bass drum, and it sounds very good.

Jonboy79 22nd April 2009 05:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by matskull (Post 4119960)
Are the clip good?
They don't seem to have a suspension on them and I wonder if it changes the sound compared to a normal stand.

I'm used to MD421, would I be better with the D4 or the D2?

I don't know if this is what you're talking about but I used to use the audix drum clips or whatever they're called instead of a stand and I quickly noticed that the drum vibrating thru the clip caused way too much audible distortion to be useful in a recording enviroment. I went back to using stands and have had no problems with distortion.

lydfar 22nd April 2009 05:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by matskull (Post 4119960)
Are the clip good?
They don't seem to have a suspension on them and I wonder if it changes the sound compared to a normal stand.

I'm used to MD421, would I be better with the D4 or the D2?

The clip sucks! You can't use them if the toms has suspension mounts, (the grip is too big for the mounts) and most toms do...

A big screw up by Audix and a waste of money IMO

matskull 22nd April 2009 06:06 PM

Too bad, it could have been nice to have some clips instead of stands.

thanks

matskull 22nd April 2009 06:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jimbo (Post 4120011)
I've been using my D4 for live (stage) bass drum, and it sounds very good.

Cool to know it works on kick!

theom 22nd April 2009 06:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by matskull (Post 4120010)
Ok, is the D2 brighter or something?

Also, it's stupid but what does the case looks like, does it have a soft case like the sm57 included?
thanks

Less bottom maybe, and a mid peak in the D2.
I dont care for them.

I think they come with a nylon bag about the size as the shure bags.

matskull 22nd April 2009 06:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by theom (Post 4120176)
Less bottom maybe, and a mid peak in the D2.
I dont care for them.

I think they come with a nylon bag about the size as the shure bags.

What do you like on toms?
I'm looking for a natural tone but more on the "trashy" side of things.
I like the tone on weezer's blue album, 1979 from smashing pumpkins...that kind of stuff.

I can always mid-scoop in the mix if I do a punk or metal project.

theom 22nd April 2009 07:03 PM

D4
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by matskull (Post 4120203)
What do you like on toms?
I'm looking for a natural tone but more on the "trashy" side of things.
I like the tone on weezer's blue album, 1979 from smashing pumpkins...that kind of stuff.

I can always mid-scoop in the mix if I do a punk or metal project.

I think the D4 is a great tom mic.

Trash it up? sure.

The D4 is quite a lot like a 421 on the M position.

The Blue album sounds like 421's on the toms to me.
So I'd go for 421's or D4's.

matskull 22nd April 2009 07:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by theom (Post 4120241)
I think the D4 is a great tom mic.

Trash it up? sure.

The D4 is quite a lot like a 421 on the M position.

The Blue album sounds like 421's on the toms to me.
So I'd go for 421's or D4's.

Thanks for the info ;)

Mike Brown 22nd April 2009 09:18 PM

They also KICK ASS on guitars.

matskull 22nd April 2009 09:21 PM

Anybody have a sample compared to a MD421?

matskull 30th April 2009 04:32 AM

Nevermind I found some here: https://www.frontendaudio.com/Articles.asp?ID=174

Actually on those samples I prefer the D2 D4 combo than the MD421, it seems like it would require less eq to sound right.

I've been considering the CAD M179 too for toms and general use also, anybody know how they compare to the audix?

The Byre 30th April 2009 10:03 AM

The BIG difference is the directional properties of the Audix mics. It is at -30dB to the rear, so you get a much tighter sound with them.

I get on great with the clips, though they cannot be used on a few kits with separation rigs on the hoops.

lacesoutdom 30th April 2009 12:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Nu-tra (Post 1110175)
How do these suckers sound? How do they compare to the EV N/D468 or 421's?

i bought two D2's over a year and a half ago. bought a MD421 and the difference is insane. i use them on toms, and the different between the two is huge. the Md421 sounds fuller, thicker, like a small kick drum maybe, where as the D2 were just mid/high, and hardly any low.

thats what i found anyway!heh

lydfar 30th April 2009 12:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by The Byre (Post 4143133)
The BIG difference is the directional properties of the Audix mics. It is at -30dB to the rear, so you get a much tighter sound with them.

I get on great with the clips, though they cannot be used on a few kits with separation rigs on the hoops.

Don't you get distortion (resonance) from the tom shell when you use clips?

adeptusmajor 30th April 2009 12:52 PM

i am an audix dealer, i know the mics very well

the off-axis rejection is superb and is what really sets audix mics apart from the rest, great for live drum micing.

i personally prefer a 421 for studio use on toms, but have never actually put them next to each other for a shootout.

a sales rep suggested this trick: use a d2 (high) and a d4 (low) to mic up a leslie cabinet, then play with the panning for the desired rotary effect.

great results.

gareth81 1st June 2009 05:36 AM

Are these recommended for bass guitar?