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POLL: RE-20 vs. MD421 vs. SM7 vs. PR40 vs. beta52 vs. d112 vs. BASS MICS - etc. Dynamic Microphones
View Poll Results: Vote for you favorite mic on bass, or specify [other] in a post - thanks everyone!
Electro Voice RE - 20
15 Votes - 23.08%
Sennheiser MD421
14 Votes - 21.54%
Shure SM7
4 Votes - 6.15%
Heil PR40
12 Votes - 18.46%
Shure beta 52
4 Votes - 6.15%
AKG D112
3 Votes - 4.62%
SDD (sm57,etc, please specify)
5 Votes - 7.69%
SDC (please specify)
1 Votes - 1.54%
LDC (please specify)
6 Votes - 9.23%
Ribbon (please specify)
1 Votes - 1.54%
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Old 5th July 2011
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POLL: RE-20 vs. MD421 vs. SM7 vs. PR40 vs. beta52 vs. d112 vs. BASS MICS - etc.

For BASS - mainly guitar and drum.
Old 5th July 2011
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AKG 414/AKG D20 - covers all basses (pun very much intended).
Old 5th July 2011
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Old 5th July 2011
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i'm sure you'll get answers all over the map. Horses for courses. A lot depends on how your room is reacting to the instrument.

I voted for the PR40. I've been very impressed with the way it deals with bass instruments.

Close second is a good quality LDC (U47 style can be awesome). Not needed though when I have the heil around for a close up sound. For an "amp in the room" larger sound with a room tone an LDC can't be beat for me.

RE20 would be a third choice that tends to work quite well

The 421 can work as another dynamic option but I don't enjoy the 421 nearly as much.

Old 5th July 2011
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For a dynamic mic on bass, PR40 all the way. I've tried all of these in the poll.

RE-20 for an old school sound. Or to my ears, just old.
MD-421 for a less raunchy, less interesting SM57 tone.
SM7, ditto.
Beta 52 or D112 if you don't believe in midrange.

So, yeah...PR40.
Old 6th July 2011
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Bass guitar: LDC. I second 414 or a U87
Old 6th July 2011
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Beyer M88
Old 6th July 2011
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RE-20 or MD421
Old 6th July 2011
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Senheisser e602 first generation. Has all of the balls, and the brass. Typically the only mic that I use on a kick drum, about 6 inches out from the front ring (I never track with a resonant head unless it is called for specifically).

I rarely mic bass amps, and prefer using sans amps or modeling in conjunction to a dry DI signal. (most bass players have crap taste in tone) but when I do, I use this mic.

I love it on the bell of a sax with a ribbon at a distance
Old 6th July 2011
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thump heh
Old 12th July 2011
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Old 12th July 2011
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Although you didn't mention price, you seem to be listing mics in the $500 or less range, so I'll rule out u87 or u47 fet.

Sm7 can work on certain bass guitar styles, but overall not the mic to choose for bass focus, especially kick drum.

RE-20 is tried and true but I think the heil pr-40 sounds a bit deeper.

But I think I'll second the Beyer m88 vote for my choice.
Old 13th July 2011
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^ Dang, I just realized I forgot to put the m88 in the poll...
Old 13th July 2011
today... a combination of FET 47 AND TLM 170
Old 14th July 2011
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M88, just seems to mix itself
Old 14th July 2011
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Ldc >> 414
Old 20th July 2011
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ah yes. M88 also very good. I still pick the pr40 over it though. The m88 is a touch smoother on transients, and some more low end (maybe a bit too much). PR40 has a bit more attack & punch, which makes for a livelier track. They sound similar for sure.
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