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    Default kick drum mic

    Ok, I have SM57s, SM58s, AKG PL790s and an AKG C3000B. Im gearing up to record live drums but I'm short a kick drum mic.

    Any suggestions?

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    Just get the Shure Beta 52a. It's low priced & good. Stick it in the B.D., aim it at the beater & fuggedaboutit.

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    Default Re: kick drum mic

    The Blue BALL will work really well. I got very nice results using minimal mics on a drum kit for a demo - 2x57s as overheads and a BALL on the kick. http://streamer.soundclick.com/jerry...6nov05rev2.mp3

    The ball is pretty bulletproof so it's great for live use, really gets the attack of the beater down well, and it's a dynamic mic so it can take serious SPLs. The only downside is that you need phantom power for it, but so do your AKGs.
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    oh yea, & it's indestrucable just like the 57's are.

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    Shure beta or a Yamaha subkick, and trigger it. Then mix the signal to taste.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert S.
    Ok, I have SM57s, SM58s, AKG PL790s and an AKG C3000B. Im gearing up to record live drums but I'm short a kick drum mic.

    Any suggestions?
    Shure Beta52, AKG D112, EV RE20 are pretty standard. I've seen 421's and 414's used as well. With pads and a little care most decent large diaphragm condensors can work.

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    Audix D6 is my choice. The least placement sensitive of all bass drum mics, just sounds so good!

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    Default Re: kick drum mic

    Thanks everybody for the insites.

    I looked around and my cheap arse found the Blue Ball at GC for $80. I've wanted to try one of their mics for a while now and so far I am happy with it on the kick.

    Thanks again!

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