What's your favorite mic for a bass cab?

Discussion in 'Live Sound [BG]' started by Balog, Oct 3, 2012.


  1. Balog

    Balog Supporting Member

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    I see a lot of discussion about mic vs Di, but not too many folks who mention what type of mic they use on their cab for live performance. What's your favorite, and why? How do you set it up? How well does it work for recording yourself at home or practices?
  2. Bassics101

    Bassics101

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    AKG D 112, Shure 57. Kick drum mics (the AKG) do well, but the 57 has been good for me, too.
  3. Bassoballs

    Bassoballs

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    I use a Heil PR 40
  4. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

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  6. cronker

    cronker

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    Shure 57
  7. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

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    Heil PR40
    EV RE20
    Sennheiser MD421
    Beyer M88
    Neumann U47 or FET47 (wouldn't bring them on a gig, though ;) )
  8. bassboysam

    bassboysam

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    PR40 is incredible. i use it live and in the studio. such a flat response and very clear.
  9. meRTKendrew

    meRTKendrew

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    Beyer M88
    Heil PR40
    EV RE20
    Shure SM7b
    SM57 works too

    -RTK
  10. the Arsonaut

    the Arsonaut

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    I use: a telefunken sm 57 and/or EV re20.

    I use on yous guys: beta 57, sm57, or d112
  11. Ender_rpm

    Ender_rpm

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    Audix D4 but a PR40 is on my wish list.
  12. bigsnaketex

    bigsnaketex Supporting Member

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    Shure SM 57b
  13. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Never heard of that one.
  14. TimmyP

    TimmyP

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    PR40, RE20, D4.
  15. T-Bird

    T-Bird

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    Hi.

    Sennheiser MD421
    AKG D12

    EV RE20 has been in my wishlist for a quite some time now, but since anything and everything has to be vintage for me and no-one sane will part with theirs, I keep on wishing ;).

    Regards
    Sam
  16. walkerci

    walkerci

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  17. lavmonga

    lavmonga Supporting Member

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    +1 : Shure 57
  18. will33

    will33

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    Plain ol' 57 here too, works nice live.
  19. Ender_rpm

    Ender_rpm

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    Do you own/Use all of these regularly? Just wondering what I am missing between the D4 (I own it) and the Pr40, if any?
  20. Tuned

    Tuned

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    I never use a mic without a DI, and depend on the DI for the low end, so I generally use a non-bass-specific instrument mic, and I like the same mics I like for other jobs. A good mic is a good mic.
  21. QweziRider

    QweziRider Supporting Member

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    For live - Sennheiser e609, up next to the grille just off center of the speaker.

    For recording - AEA R84 ribbon set in the same place.

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