What mic should you use for a kick drum?
A small diaphragm dynamic mic is usually the ideal choice for this, they will capture the mid range and attack from the beater without over-exaggerating the bleed from the floor tom, snare or cymbals. I’ve had some good luck with a Shure SM57, Sennheiser 441 and Telefunken M80.
How do you mic a kick drum without holes?
1: take front off (as suggested) and put the microphone in front of it. 2: place the microphone in the middle of the front skin about 1 to 3 inches away (make sure the mic is not touched when the drummer hits the kick drum) and then move it around until you get the sound you want.
Where do you place a kick drum?
For a super-low-end kick drum sound the best placement is at the hole, just on the outer side of the front head.
Can you use a condenser mic on a kick drum?
The basis of a good kick sound is a large dynamic microphone like the ATM250. We recommend that you position the mic inside the bass drum. This will capture the snap of the beat around the batter head while isolating the rest of the kit. Your best bet is a large diaphragm condenser microphone like an AT4047/SV.
Is a condenser mic good for bass drum?
Whatever that mic hears is not what bass drums sound like to most listeners. A mic placed outside the kick drum will hear a much more natural sound. As with any non-close-miked application, condenser mics will typically deliver superior results, due to their higher sensitivity.
Do I need a pillow in my bass drum?
The bass drum will eventually sound dead and flat – not what you want. The trick is to put a small amount of muffling in there. Try placing one pillow or blanket resting on the bottom of the drum. This way you get bit more control of the air flow, as well as the resonance on the drum head without killing the sound.