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Re: Need help finding a good bass mic...

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Posted by Zach ( on April 12, 2002 at 00:13:22:

In Reply to: Need help finding a good bass mic... posted by Mark on April 09, 2002 at 15:38:44:

Micing bass instruments is a tricky thing. You may not want to use a conventional mic such as an SM-57 or SM-58 because they aren't able to bring out as much of the lower frequency response of your speakers. Using a bass instrument mic is okay, such as a D112 or Beta 52, but even the dynamic range of those mics is questionable.

The best bet for me is always a D.I. Whether it be from a direct box or a direct line from an amp, it's the easiest way to get an accurate signal to the board, and it's easier for a soundman to deal with. The sound is pure, and the tone is sometimes enhanced, plus you can rest assured that the sound coming through your amp onstage is pretty close to what's coming out through the house.

If you use a mic, I'd recommend the Shure SM-57 or Beta 52 instrument mics, or the AKG D112 bass microphone.

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