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  • Live Stage - Coffeehouse to stadium
  • Kick drum, floor tom, djembe, cajon acoustic bass, electric bass cabs
  • Studio - any instrument requiring precise low frequency
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      The D6 is an American-made instrument microphone designed for live and studio performance. Characterized with a cardioid pick-up pattern and a frequency response of 30Hz-15kHz, the D6 instrument mic is an ideal choice for kick drum, bass cabs, and other instruments requiring low-frequency reproduction.

      The Audix mic comes in a transformerless design, low impedance, and a balanced output allows interference-free performance even with long cable runs. The D6 mic, a one-piece body precision machined from solid aluminum, consists of a durable hard coat anodized finish.

      Features

      Applications:

      • Live Stage - Coffeehouse to stadium
      • Kick drum, floor tom, djembe, cajon acoustic bass, electric bass cabs
      • Studio - any instrument requiring precise low frequency
       

      D6 Sub Impulse Kick Drum Mic Specifications:

      • Transducer Type: Dynamic
      • Frequency Response: 30Hz - 15kHz
      • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
      • Output Impedance: 200 Ohms
      • Sensitivity: 2.2 mV @ 80Hz
      • Capsule Technology: VLM Type E
      • Off Axis Rejection: >20dB
      • Maximum SPL: 144dB
      • Cable/Connector: 3-pin gold-plated male XLR connector
      • Polarity: Positive voltage on pin 2 relative to pin 3 of output XLR connector
      • Housing: Machined Aluminum
      • Weight: 7.7oz. / 217g
      • Finish: Black Anodize
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      by PowerReviews
      AudixD6 Sub Impulse Kick Drum Mic
       
      4.7

      (based on 17 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (14)

      • 4 Stars

         

        (1)

      • 3 Stars

         

        (2)

      • 2 Stars

         

        (0)

      • 1 Stars

         

        (0)

      100%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Compact (8)
      • Durable (8)
      • Good audio (8)
      • Easy to use (6)
      • Lightweight (3)

      Cons

      • Limited functions (3)

      Best Uses

      • Outdoor events / games (7)
      • Performances (7)
      • Home studio (5)
      • Amateur recording (3)
      • Professional recording (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (4), Professional musician (4)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Mixed feelings after 5 years

      Looking for a professional kick mic back in 2007, I explored my options within the ~$200 range. I was leaning towards a D112 and a youtube video inspired my confidence in the D6....Read complete review

      Looking for a professional kick mic back in 2007, I explored my options within the ~$200 range. I was leaning towards a D112 and a youtube video inspired my confidence in the D6.

      Since then I've used the D6 on two albums and several applications within the studio. After five years here are my thoughts for you :

      If you are looking for a set-and-forget mic for the kick drum, this should be your go-to. It is pre-EQ'ed and (in the proper position) has a very snappy and thick sound. The EQ curvature (without looking at a chart) seems to cut the mids and gives you a great hard rock/metal kick sound. A lot of beater. Some folks hate this mic for that reason. It almost seems like a preset. Granted if you do not use your head at all and expect that sound out of the box you are mistaken. There is some thinking and proper placement required; although not much experimentation is required to achieve a useable sound.

      Unfortunately this is also its downfall. It seems to have one sound, which it does well, but versatility is not one of its strong capabilities. BECAUSE it is Pre-EQ'ed out of the box, it makes changing the tonality in recordings or on the board especially difficult. If you are looking for a mic to shape and EQ, DEFINITELY look elsewhere.

      For what it is, it's a good application mic. It is not versatile, but it does one thing very well. I have grown tired of the 'one sound' that I get out of the mic, and may soon be looking elsewhere. I may have to put some thought in since my D6 and I have bonded well.

      One thing is for sure - nobody has complained about their kick sound from the recording booth. :-)

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Weird-Sounding Mic

      This mic is DEFINITELY contoured for 1 type of sound. Ridiculously bassy with a presence peak that is really up there. Like 6kHz+ which leaves a good part of the beater sound scooped...Read complete review

      This mic is DEFINITELY contoured for 1 type of sound. Ridiculously bassy with a presence peak that is really up there. Like 6kHz+ which leaves a good part of the beater sound scooped out! Be prepared to do some serious Hi-Pass (low cut) on this baby if you want more than just woof to come through the mix and you want your finished recording to be anywhere near commercial volume. Maybe mine was broken but I just couldn't use the thing except 1 time when the kick drum was really lifeless and thin sounding (I wasn't hired to tech the kit). Every other time I tried it, I had to scratch my head... a Beta 52 sounds much more turn-key and the PR40?... Forget about it. If you want the drum to sound like a DRUM, stay away from this mic. BUT if you mic really quick, tight and/or muffle kicks, this may actually be your optimal solution. I gave it a 3 overall because a tool's a tool and you can't have too many options at your disposal... Don't buy this as a first kick mic!!!!!

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      5.0

      Great Kick Mic, especially for the money

      By stratman-GGNar

      from Austin, TX

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      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Flat response
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Performances

        Comments about Audix D6 Sub Impulse Kick Drum Mic:

        Usually like to use a Shure Beta Kick Mic, but we needed one, and this Audix came up as the SDOTD at a great price. So, we snatched it up, and have been nothing but impressed with it since taking it out of the box. Great, flat response, very little tweaking needed to get the sound we wanted out of it. If you want an easy to use kick mic, this is the one. Solid as a tank, yet small and lightweight... LOVE it!

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        5.0

        KPSOUND

        By KPSOUND

        from CT

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Audix D6 Sub Impulse Kick Drum Mic:

          One of the best kick drum mics out there.

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          5.0

          VERY NICE MIC!

          By Stretch

          from Delphos,Ks

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Performances

            Comments about Audix D6 Sub Impulse Kick Drum Mic:

            Excellent product for the buck! Also.. Musicians Friend has the fastest shipping in the business!!

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            5.0

            Audix D6 Can Take Anything!

            By TheLastYeti

            from Newark, DE

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • High SPL

            Cons

            • Limited Functions

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Audix D6 Sub Impulse Kick Drum Mic:

            This is my first bass drum microphone. I have recorded and mixed live sound for my band and other bands before, but I finally have my own D6! It sounds great and comes EQ'd perfectly for bass drums. Because of the mid scoop, it's not the best for recording other low frequency instruments, like bass guitar, a heavy hitter (like my drummer) can't even get close to peaking this mic. With other microphones I have to back off the gain on my mixer, but with this beast, I can actually dial in some gain to get a good level. Very sturdy and well made. I would recommend to someone who wants an easy bass drum microphone that doesn't need to be EQ'd.

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            5.0

            Excellent kick drum mic

            By TheCheapCassettes

            from Big Island Hawaii

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Punchy

            Cons

            • Limited Functions

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Kick Drum Mic
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Audix D6 Sub Impulse Kick Drum Mic:

            I finally got a chance to upgrade my drum mics and I chose the Audix D6 as my kick drum mic. Man I am glad I did! YES it is very punchy but that's what I was looking for. I record mostly punk/power pop/garage stuff and for me the sound is really awesome. I play a Yamaha gig maker with a 20" kick drum and straight out of the box about half way inside the kick pointed at the beater it sounds amazing to me. I was previously using a CAD km12 and was getting frustrated at how wimpy and lifeless my kick sounded in the mix. I spent so much time eqing and processing the kick.

            Needless to say I am very pleased with this purchase. If you are looking for a good kick drum mic for a good price and are looking for that fat, punchy kick drum sound, this is it in my opinion. I haven't used the d6 on any other instrument other than my kick drum, so I can't really comment on the versatility. I also can see how it might not sound that great if you are recording jazz or hip hop but it again, it all depends on personal preference.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I just love this Mic!

            By drumatune

            from north carolina

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Great Mic Small And Compa
            • Lightweight
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Audix D6 Sub Impulse Kick Drum Mic:

              everyone doing sound or recording needs to add this mic to their collection.

              Comment on this review

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Mixed feelings after 5 years

              By Wooooooo

              from South Dakota

              About Me Experienced

              Ask me a question

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Pre-equalized

              Cons

              • Limited Functions
              • One trick pony
              • Pre-equalized

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio

              Comments about Audix D6 Sub Impulse Kick Drum Mic:

              Looking for a professional kick mic back in 2007, I explored my options within the ~$200 range. I was leaning towards a D112 and a youtube video inspired my confidence in the D6.

              Since then I've used the D6 on two albums and several applications within the studio. After five years here are my thoughts for you :

              If you are looking for a set-and-forget mic for the kick drum, this should be your go-to. It is pre-EQ'ed and (in the proper position) has a very snappy and thick sound. The EQ curvature (without looking at a chart) seems to cut the mids and gives you a great hard rock/metal kick sound. A lot of beater. Some folks hate this mic for that reason. It almost seems like a preset. Granted if you do not use your head at all and expect that sound out of the box you are mistaken. There is some thinking and proper placement required; although not much experimentation is required to achieve a useable sound.

              Unfortunately this is also its downfall. It seems to have one sound, which it does well, but versatility is not one of its strong capabilities. BECAUSE it is Pre-EQ'ed out of the box, it makes changing the tonality in recordings or on the board especially difficult. If you are looking for a mic to shape and EQ, DEFINITELY look elsewhere.

              For what it is, it's a good application mic. It is not versatile, but it does one thing very well. I have grown tired of the 'one sound' that I get out of the mic, and may soon be looking elsewhere. I may have to put some thought in since my D6 and I have bonded well.

              One thing is for sure - nobody has complained about their kick sound from the recording booth. :-)

              Comment on this review

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great bass drum mic

              By gscdrummer

              from South Carolina

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Compact
              • Durable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Performances

                Comments about Audix D6 Sub Impulse Kick Drum Mic:

                Used this mic for a 22" kick at church for a couple of years, now have it mounted on a Kelly SHU inside a 16" kick that I use for most gigs. Never given me a problem, sound guys love it. Amamzing what kind of sound we get with a 16" kick when the sound system sub is cranked! Over time I will buy more and mount inside every kick drum I have for use on live applications.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                The best kick mic out there!

                By Ariel Sanchez

                from New York

                Comments about Audix D6 Sub Impulse Kick Drum Mic:

                I've used the samson Q kick, the shure beta 52 and the akg d112. To me, this is the best kick my i've tried so far. Basically cause it's focused for recording rock drums. Lot's of lows and highs with a nice mid scoop. There's no way you'll get it wrong with this baby! I LOVE IT!!!

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Good Mic

                By Magoon67

                from Saint johnsbury, VT

                Comments about Audix D6 Sub Impulse Kick Drum Mic:

                For those of you that like that kick sound that has a smooth click and captures the resonance of the kick drum, check this mic out. I was using a Shure Beta 52 before a friend of mine convinced me to try this mic. The Beta 52 did a good job, but I had to fight with it quite a bit with our kick drum. There was nothing wrong with our kick, I just think it was the wrong mic for this particular one. The first time I used the D6, I set it in the center of kick, by default, aimed it at the beater with no EQ or compression and started from there. It sounded great. I was really quite surprised at how good the sound was to begin with. There was a little too much bottom so I moved it closer to the beater and added a little compression and I was done. It required very little EQ.I have yet to try the D6 in a live setting. Looking forward to getting the chance soon.

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