Product Type: AKG Microphone
Newest Review: ... in that field. Another alternative is the shure beta 52, it does what the D112 does, but better! I personally wouldn't buy one du... more
ace of bass
Member Name: ste87
Advantages: industry standard
Disadvantages: not versatile
If you ask a studio engeneer what mic to use to record a kick drum, nine times out of ten he will reply AKG D112. This is how popular this microphone is.Why is it so good, the answer is as follows. The D112 is a large diaphram mic which means it is aimed at lower frequencies. The mic is a dynamic mic, this means it can withstand very high sound pressure levels, making this the perfecct mic for loud lower frequency instruments.The mic has a polar pattern of the cardiod veriaty meaning it is directional, this means it is great for live use as well as studio.
The mic is constructed betterthan most bomb shelters, its thick plastic and metal design will withstand years of abuse and still sound brilliant while doing so. The famouse egg shaped head facilitates easy positioning for drum kits and bass amps.This mic frequency response is in the lower region with a lowest frequency of around 20Hz. Bass instruments such as kick drums and bass guitar amplifiers are recorded perfectly with this mic, however try and record anything too high and the result will be bad, but that is not what the mic was designed for anyway.
The mic costs around £100 but is more frequently bought as part of a drum mic set along with c1000 etc for a couple of hundred quid.
Summary: if your recording bass this is a must have.
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