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If you only had 1 mic for a Kick Drum?!?!
View Poll Results: Your One Mic for Kick Drum
D12
38 Votes - 18.18%
D112
58 Votes - 27.75%
RE20
70 Votes - 33.49%
Beta 52
43 Votes - 20.57%
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Old 9th September 2006
  #1
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If you only had 1 mic for a Kick Drum?!?!

Which would you pick?

D12

D112

RE20

Beta 52

Others?
Old 9th September 2006
  #2
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Hmm...Beyer M88 is another to consider.

War
Old 10th September 2006
  #3
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I currently use sennheiser E602 & a trigger setup via Alesis DM5.
I am intrested in checking out the earthworks kickpad
http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/KickPad/

Sennheiser MD-421 - I was at a small club and the sound guy had one on kick, it sounded great.
Old 10th September 2006
  #4
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e602.

If I had to choose from your list, probably RE20
Old 10th September 2006
  #5
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On the list: RE20

Others: Sennheiser 421, Heil PR30
Old 10th September 2006
  #6
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421
Old 10th September 2006
  #7
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D6, without a doubt.
Old 10th September 2006
  #8
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D 112 I got lots of others but I always come back to it as my favorite.
Old 10th September 2006
  #9
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This isn't low end is it?
Old 10th September 2006
  #10
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D6 (although that AEA R84 that I'm gonna use as a mono "mid-room" mic about 4 ft. in front of the kit will be adding some serious meat to the overall sound, I must admit)
Old 10th September 2006
  #11
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Each kick mic will sound radically different in the same drum. On certain kick drums a D112 works amazingly well, where as on others it might be an E602.

I usually try about 4 mics on the kick through a pre without EQ. After listening and sometimes even recording each one, it becomes obvious which sounds better.

If you try this, you will be shocked just how different the sound changes with different mics.
Old 10th September 2006
  #12
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well if I had to choose out of those options.. the RE20.. I'd probably say M88 though..
Old 10th September 2006
  #13
Old 10th September 2006
  #14
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U47 FET
Old 10th September 2006
  #15
421

on the list, re20

never d112
Old 10th September 2006
  #16
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EV 868 is very good, and my D112 just stays in the case now.
Old 10th September 2006
  #17
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My Gretsch Catalina set really likes a D6 down there. RE20 comes in a pretty close second though, and works well more often than not on kick drums that other folks bring in.
Old 10th September 2006
  #18
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thx for the feedback guys, ughh decisions decisions
Old 10th September 2006
  #19
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I'm in favor of the RE20.

-- Adam Lazlo
Old 10th September 2006
  #20
Gear Head
 
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D112
Old 10th September 2006
  #21
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Do any of you guys own this package and do you think its worth picking up?

http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/DP5A/
Old 10th September 2006
  #22
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Love my beta52.

Sometimes, it's a 421, but usually just a 52 inside pointed at the shell
Old 10th September 2006
  #23
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the original question was "if you only had 1" therefor I would recommend the flattest least eq'd mic. in that list it would be the RE20

while most the other mics mentioned are all great, a flat mic (coupled with an eq) will allow you to go in many directions, where as one of the pre eq'd mics (the E602, B52, D112 ect) will limit your options, if you are trying for a different sound to what the mic inherently has.

in a studio, one day you may be going for a metal clicky kick, the next day a jazz puffy boof, the next day a rock acdc thud, if you expect 1 kick mic to do it all, make sure its a flattish mic, and whip out your EQ skills.

Old 10th September 2006
  #24
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.02

I'm going to go off-base like most of the rest of the replies and say the D6. You can't go wrong with that multi-pack either, in my opinion. The i5 is a workhorse for sure.

Out of that list that you provided, I guess I'd do the RE20. Good luck!
Old 10th September 2006
  #25
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PL... or RE 20 is all i have ever needed to get the killer low end and the click that makes the kick come to life


421 works and would be a close 2nd




steve



Old 10th September 2006
  #26
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Quote:
Soundelux iFET7
Ha I voted D12, but I rarely use it - mostly I use an ifet7 on kick. How do you normally use it Nathan - I or V? Before I got into abusing this mic I used to always use "I" mode on kick, but the last time I used it I tried V mode to try and get more bottom out of it.
Old 10th September 2006
  #27
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Quote:
Originally Posted by HiRaX View Post
thx for the feedback guys, ughh decisions decisions
I take it this means you're in a buying mood but on a budget.

Bang-for-the-buck is a consideration, but so is versatility. 421's rule on floor toms, guitar amps, and bass amps, and they make great kick mics as well. They are common on the used market at around $250 -- I picked mine up for less. If you don't have one, get one. You'll never use that Beta 52 on anything but kick (and maybe bass cabs). Sure, they're cool, but if you're stuck getting *ONE* thing, I'd put my money where it would get the most mileage.

For doing kick drum: give me a 57 and the "right" pre & EQ over a choice mike and any-old-pre. A "sweet" EQ (and my 1073 is the sweetest ever!) can and will "make" the kick sound.
Old 10th September 2006
  #28
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I've used em all and lately the lowly ATM25's been doing it for me.

m
Old 10th September 2006
  #29
good points adamcal (re20) and greg (can't miss w/ the 421 - it's just great/ flexible).

steve, you and i think alike

atm25 is a fine kik mic, also useful for mutiple apps, includ some horns and low frq. vocals, toms, bass cabs, can be killer on upright bass



JOOC, I WONDER WHO'D BE WINNING IN YOUR POLL IF YOU'D PUT THE 421 UP THERE?

HMMMMM......
Old 10th September 2006
  #30
Quote:
Originally Posted by kats View Post
I use an ifet7 on kick. How do you normally use it Nathan - I or V?

"I" mode. I find "V" a bit too sensitive on the output usually. Plus I'm not worried about adding a little low end frequencies from a high quality EQ.
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