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Audix D6 Sub Impulse Kick Drum Mic Black 

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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 freque...Read More

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Designed for kick drums and other low-frequency instruments!

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

SPECIFICATIONS

D6 Sub Impulse Kick Drum Mic

  • 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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AudixD6 Sub Impulse Kick Drum Mic
 
4.6

(based on 23 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (12)
  • Good audio (12)
  • Durable (11)
  • Easy to use (10)
  • Versatile (5)

Cons

  • Limited functions (3)

Best Uses

  • Outdoor events / games (10)
  • Performances (10)
  • Home studio (8)
  • Professional recording (6)
  • Amateur recording (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Professional musician (6)

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

 

Jury still out.

I am comparing the D6 to the beta 52, D112 for context. Compared to the other two the D6 is a very easy mic to place in a kick drum due to it's compact...Read complete review

I am comparing the D6 to the beta 52, D112 for context. Compared to the other two the D6 is a very easy mic to place in a kick drum due to it's compact size. I selected this for my latest recording after performing a side by side comparison with the other two. I found it to have more low end and just seemed beefier.

During mixdown I started to notice that it was very hard to EQ and it's presence in the mix was elusive. Most people refer to the "click" or "punch" of kick drum for note articulation or definition. That was also very hard to obtain. I had to perform some drastic boosts at 60 Hz (around 10dB at a Q of 1.4) and 5.4 KHz (around 13dB at a Q of 1.0). This was way more than the other two mics require and I had to change a huge chunk of my process to get there.

Eventually I was able to get the kick to fall into place and it sounds pretty good. Tight low end and a nice subtle articulation that isn't too "clicky" and allows for decent definition between strokes.

The bottom line for me is that it was good, not great. I was expecting more after all of the "rave reviews" i read before purchace. The hype is just that, hype. I suggest you try one before you buy one. I have been doing this for 30 years and have always used what i could afford and what a studio has. I have used $3000.00 Neuman tube condensers and an SM57 to mic and record. It's all about placement and tuning. The Neuman was garbage in the kick. The SM57 blew it away.

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5.0

Audix D6

By Mark

from Buffalo Lake Mn.

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Pros

    Cons

    • none

    Best Uses

    • Live

    Comments about Audix D6 Sub Impulse Kick Drum Mic:

    Came in original box. Looks new. Works great!

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    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Kick drum, not so much..

    By Domineone

    from Bedford, TX

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    Pros

      Cons

      • Breaks Easily
      • Poor Sound Quality
      • Unreliable

      Best Uses

        Comments about Audix D6 Sub Impulse Kick Drum Mic:

        I bought this several years back and have tried and tried, over three bands and nobody has been able to even get this sounding reasonable. After blowing out the initial two, I realized it needed to be hung inside the kick using a Kelly SHU mount. This mic has just sounded awful no matter what/where we've tried it and I've always just ended up shoving a 57 or 58 in there instead. I have a Cajon drum and I'm kinda curious what it would sound like with that. If that doesn't work, I'll be selling this one for sure.

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        5.0

        Super kick mic

        By old rocker dude

        from WNC

        About Me Professional Musician

        Ask me a question

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Audix D6 Sub Impulse Kick Drum Mic:

          This mic is the best kick mic I have ever heard or used. It truly is pre-EQ'd to give the sound you'd expect to get from a professional front of house soundman. And it's easy to insert into a port unlike the AKG D112 and the Beta 52. I ran the D6 completely flat on the mixer EQ, ran it through a compressor / gate and it sounds awesome. Chest thumping, ground shakin lows with just the right amount of "chick" for modern rock. Unbeatable!! Get it! Made and assembled in the USA

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          5.0

          Instant improvement

          By Bryan316

          from Detroit

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Audix D6 Sub Impulse Kick Drum Mic:

            I didn't touch anything. I didn't dial this in. I didn't make adjustments. All I did, was swap mics, and we immediately heard what we liked and liked what we heard. This is a very drastic improvement. I truly regret not getting this mic years ago.

            If you have an el-cheapo drum mic package with an okay kick drum mic, use this D6 for your kick drum instead. Then you can dedicate your old kick drum mic for your floor tom. You'll improve your boom all the way around.

            I can't imagine how good this will sound for bass cab recording. I think I'm gonna love using this mic!

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            5.0

            Great Mic !!!

            By www.cindersoundproductions.com

            from Macon, Ga

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Good audio

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Audix D6 Sub Impulse Kick Drum Mic:

              Great mic for studio or LIVE performances. paid full price for my first one, got a second with the stupid deal of the day. My favorite for kick drum, floor tom, of even to mic and record a bass cab.

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Jury still out.

              By canadayjack

              from oceanside, ca

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Ease Of Placement
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Muddy
              • Pricey / Poor Value

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Home Studio

              Comments about Audix D6 Sub Impulse Kick Drum Mic:

              I am comparing the D6 to the beta 52, D112 for context. Compared to the other two the D6 is a very easy mic to place in a kick drum due to it's compact size. I selected this for my latest recording after performing a side by side comparison with the other two. I found it to have more low end and just seemed beefier.

              During mixdown I started to notice that it was very hard to EQ and it's presence in the mix was elusive. Most people refer to the "click" or "punch" of kick drum for note articulation or definition. That was also very hard to obtain. I had to perform some drastic boosts at 60 Hz (around 10dB at a Q of 1.4) and 5.4 KHz (around 13dB at a Q of 1.0). This was way more than the other two mics require and I had to change a huge chunk of my process to get there.

              Eventually I was able to get the kick to fall into place and it sounds pretty good. Tight low end and a nice subtle articulation that isn't too "clicky" and allows for decent definition between strokes.

              The bottom line for me is that it was good, not great. I was expecting more after all of the "rave reviews" i read before purchace. The hype is just that, hype. I suggest you try one before you buy one. I have been doing this for 30 years and have always used what i could afford and what a studio has. I have used $3000.00 Neuman tube condensers and an SM57 to mic and record. It's all about placement and tuning. The Neuman was garbage in the kick. The SM57 blew it away.

              Be cautious.

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              5.0

              Great Kick Mic, especially for the money

              By stratman-GGNar

              from Austin, TX

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              Ask me a question

              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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