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
The biggest slap of beef you will ever need
Member Name: drspoon57
Advantages: Great bass response
Disadvantages: That midrange boost maybe sometimes
Along with my dual C1000S I also purchased this little wonder microphone, even with my woollen ear I could realise the limits of whacking a 58 in the kick drum 'cause that's all we had. It is specifically designed for optimum bass response, and has become known a bit like an industry standard for kick drums and sundry booming things. You can buy it individually for around a £100, which if it can solve your awful kick drum problems later in the mix then it is an absolute steal.
When I unpacked the box you have to admire the construction of the microphone, excellently sturdy and a wonderfully curious design shape. Although I must admit the previous seventies incarnation, the D12, is just a down right timeless looking microphone and the D112 doesn't really come close to matching it stylistically at least.
In use what a revelation! The kick drum "oofs" instead of a meagre "eef" (In about 10 minutes I will probably have no idea what I am saying either), it is a rather beefy sound and although the midrange boost seems to give it a baseball effect that cannot detract from its impressive ability. I have branched outwards, using it on various amplifiers for either bass or guitar and this microphone is always capable of surprise for something so "one dimensional".
In conclusion, after trying a few other specialist bass microphones, I have to say this really is a phenomenal microphone. It would be great to get a go at its predecessor but still this has been a corner stone for many sessions.
Summary: Simply wonderful, can be used for many applications too
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