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Old 12-20-2009, 03:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Kick drum mic

Can you mic a bass drum with a regular mic? in other words, can you get the low/correct sound with a mic that is used for (let's say) vocals?
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Old 12-21-2009, 09:03 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Depends on what you're using for vocals, if you're using a condenser, no, you'll want a dynamic for the kick. Get something like an AKG-D112, a Shure Beta 52A or a Sennheiser E902, i've not used the Shure one, but the other two get the job done.
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Old 12-21-2009, 01:13 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I worked with a band that used Shure SM-57s on the entire kit. Their aim was to get a sort of drum machine uniformity of dynamic and it worked. Large diaphram mics are always optimal. You're losing out on a lot of bass response when using a vocal mic, but with the right outboard gear and sufficient tweaking you can get adequate results with just about any directional mic.
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Old 01-05-2010, 08:18 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Mics like the D112 are ideal as they have a tailored response for bass instruments and can withstand a high volumes. Vocal dynamics are usually tailored with a presense lift for live use. This is not a bad thing for a bass drum, but make sure the mic you use has a decent response down to at least 50hz
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