Audix Microphones D6 by jitterybit
The Audix D6 in one word: modern.
With a very defined "smiley face" frequency response and a built for abuse design, it is not your classic dynamic. While usually pigeonholed as a kick drum mic, it also responds well to bass cabinets with careful placement.
In comparison to the staple D112, the D6 seems capture more detail at each end of the spectrum all while naturally rolling of some of the low-mids. It's transients feel faster a it's rear rejection a little tighter. While the D112 is great at outside the drum "thunk" and the port hole "woof", the D6 rules above with all the beater "thakk" and increased lower octave tones. The D6 would not lend itself well on many country albums but is right hope with modern rock/metal and more driven pop. It gives a great overall kick sound as well when reversed in the drum(point out, drummers perspective) that is neither to thumpy or clicky.
Although it's frequency response may look unforgiving, it actually takes to eq rather well. With good placement, there's not much lipstick needed for this pig. Pretty safe to get a sound you like with placement a ride the session out, leaving eq for later.
The bad: As with most kick mics, pretty cumbersome to place. The stock Audix clips shipped with these barely hold the weight of this mic(7.7 ounces) which can result in a moving mic mid session. Not a one trick pony, but not the end all. When you need a great "woof", look elsewhere. I've yet to get a sound I like with the half-in-half-out of the port placing. It's not going to have the additional uses a RE20 or D12/112 would have. Sounds like garbage on guitar cabs, with the exception of capturing some low end to bring in on palm mutes in heavier metal.