There are tons of popular kick drum microphones, i.e. the AKG D112, which are always the first to be mentioned on the list of kick drum mics. But there are other microphones that are commonly used, sometimes to get a particular sound, but they often don’t make the popular kick drum mics list.
The three microphones below are such microphones. Have a look; one of these microphones may just be the one for your next drum recording session.
Even if you didn’t know that this microphone is often used for micing the kick drum, I’m sure you’ve heard of the Sennheiser MD 412. A very popular microphone because it is versatile and it compliment just about any instruments you use it on.
The Sennheiser MD 421 is a popular choice for micing kick drums because of its large diaphragm and its capability to handle high SPL (sound pressure level). When placed inside the kick drum, pointing directly at the better head where the beater hits, this microphone captures a great sounding attack of the kick. Even though this microphone has a low frequency extension, most engineers often use the Yamaha subkick or an additional microphone to capture the very low frequency if they need more punch to the kick.
The Sennheiser MD 421 is not one of those microphones you will regret getting. You won’t just use it on the kick drum and put it aside. This is a microphone that can be used on just about any instrument and still produce a great sound that works.
The Audix D6 is another microphone that is often used in combination with another microphone but because of its capability to capture detail sound, it is used on its own more than the Sennheiser MD 421. If you are going for a modern pop like sound, the Audix D6 is great on its own.
By placing the D6 inside the kick drum, closer to the resonant head (about 3 inches away) and pointing directly at the batter head’s beater-contact point, you will capture a nice kick drum sound that have a nice balance of both attack and low end.
Because of the mid frequency dip in this mic’s frequency response, you won’t get that mid range punch fromthe D6. However, the high frequency boost in the frequency response gives it a bit of presence, which often makes the kick stick out in your mix.
Unlike the Sennheiser MD 421 that compliment every instruments you mic it with, the Audix D6 seem to work best with low frequency instruments.
The Audio-Technica ATM250 looks similar to the D6, it also performs a similar way. By placing the microphone just a few inches way from the resonant head inside the kick drum, you will capture a balance between the bass end and the click/attack of the drum.
However, instead of pointing the microphone directly at the batter head where the beater hits, if this microphone is point off the centre axis, you capture more of the low end, which make the kick sound punchier.
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