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CAD KBM412 Bass and Kick Drum Microphone  

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THe CAD KBM412 Bass & Kick Drum Microphone is specifically designed for bass drum and other low-frequency sources. Its large neodymium diaphragm elem...Read More

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Captures all the thrilling thump!

THe CAD KBM412 Bass & Kick Drum Microphone is specifically designed for bass drum and other low-frequency sources. Its large neodymium diaphragm element offers extended low frequency response down to 25Hz and high SPL handling. Rugged die-cast microphone body with a hardened external screen retainer (also includes a shockmount saddle), provides isolation and excellent protection from mechanical noise. The CAD KBM412 also performs extremely well as a dynamic mic for large toms and other large-diameter percussive instruments in addition to bass and guitar amps.

FEATURES
  • Specifically designed for bass drum and other low-frequency sources
  • Large diaphragm delivers response down to 25Hz
  • High SPL handling
  • Rugged die-cast body
  • Hardened external screen retainer
  • Shockmount saddle provides isolation and excellent protection from mechanical noise
  • Ideal for large-diameter percussive instruments and bass and guitar amps
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CADKBM412 Bass and Kick Drum Microphone
 
4.3

(based on 48 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (3)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (3)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Great

      I bought this mic as a general-purpose mic for low frequency sound sources. It does a great job. My main kick drum is a 16" with a Remo Powerstroke 3 (actually...Read complete review

      I bought this mic as a general-purpose mic for low frequency sound sources. It does a great job. My main kick drum is a 16" with a Remo Powerstroke 3 (actually a tom head), no reso head, and totally muffled, and this mic makes it sound huge and just dry enough to cut through with minimal EQ/comp. I have also used it for bass amps, large gongs, and it delivers a nice smooth dark sound while capturing subtle transients very well. On snare bottom it adds tremendous body to the snare sound, removing the need to bump up the lows/low mids. It has great gain before feedback and great rejection with lots of low end thump. Microphonics are not a problem even when you play on bare wooden floors like me, and there is no undesirable room sound in any of the tracks I've recorded with this. Overall, it's a great, versatile mic. I use it in a Glyn Johns setup with a PG57 and two Karma Silver Bullets, and the mix is FAT without any need for a room mic at all. Dig it...

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Too Much Sub Woofer Action

      I had purchased the CAD KBM412 as a fast replacement for some beat up MD421s to be used on kick drum. This microphone really gets down there and moves some air. It delivers that...Read complete review

      I had purchased the CAD KBM412 as a fast replacement for some beat up MD421s to be used on kick drum. This microphone really gets down there and moves some air. It delivers that sterum thumping low end that was missing before. If I had to compare the sound, it is similar to an EV868 but not nearly as durable. After about a year of daily use, the shock mount fell apart, and an internal solder point followed a few weeks later. The solder was an easy fix, but this microphone was retired from kick drum use, and is now sometimes utilized as a poor man's RE20 on guitar cabs. Here's why: This microphone had so much gain before feedback (even with the subs directly beneath it under the stage) that we were blowing drivers on the subs every few months. Visiting engineers would get a little low-end happy, raise the limiter point on the cross-over and roll the eq pass filter down to 20 Htz. This mic delivered and created extrusions on the speakers that ripped/burned the coils. What seemed intially to be a cheap solution became a very expensive one. Since this mic was 'banned' from kick drum use, not a single sub driver has been blown. (Co-insidence?) So, know this in advance and be careful!

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      4.0

      Bought this for my floor tom

      By FatDrummer

      from Houston, TX

      About Me Novice

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Bulky/Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio

      Comments about CAD KBM412 Bass and Kick Drum Microphone:

      I've been playing different instruments for about 4 years now and I'm finally getting some type of recording mics to make some songs. I bought this mic for my floor tom and I have to say, for the price, it's a really good mic. I haven't tested my kick on it though so I'm unable to review that aspect. However, I do recommend for floor toms.

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      5.0

      Great for bass rotor on leslie speaker

      By mwhii

      from Charleston, WV

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Church

        Comments about CAD KBM412 Bass and Kick Drum Microphone:

        I purchased this to mic a bass rotor on a leslie speaker on a hammond organ for live and recorded use in a church. Because of the low price I wasn't expecting much, but I am very impressed and satisfied with this microphone. Was previously using a SM57 and it didn't quite sound right for the lower frequencies. This mic requires much less gain which is also a plus.

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        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        NO GOOD FOR CONTRA BASS

        By Rev. Dr. Willie B

        from Sunshine State

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

          Cons

          • Limited Functions

          Best Uses

            Comments about CAD KBM412 Bass and Kick Drum Microphone:

            I asked the musicians friend so called experts about using this to mike an upright bass, they said it would be fine, it wasn't I guess they are just salesmen after all. I lose to much to return it so I guess I gotta just eat it. If you know what you want the place is ok but don't rely on their experts. You can return stuff but you get banged on the shipping charges and lose out.

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great

            By Z

            from FL

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about CAD KBM412 Bass and Kick Drum Microphone:

              I bought this mic as a general-purpose mic for low frequency sound sources. It does a great job. My main kick drum is a 16" with a Remo Powerstroke 3 (actually a tom head), no reso head, and totally muffled, and this mic makes it sound huge and just dry enough to cut through with minimal EQ/comp. I have also used it for bass amps, large gongs, and it delivers a nice smooth dark sound while capturing subtle transients very well. On snare bottom it adds tremendous body to the snare sound, removing the need to bump up the lows/low mids. It has great gain before feedback and great rejection with lots of low end thump. Microphonics are not a problem even when you play on bare wooden floors like me, and there is no undesirable room sound in any of the tracks I've recorded with this. Overall, it's a great, versatile mic. I use it in a Glyn Johns setup with a PG57 and two Karma Silver Bullets, and the mix is FAT without any need for a room mic at all. Dig it...

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              4.0

              Good Value

              By 2CynicAl

              from Britton, Mi

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good audio
              • Low price

              Cons

              • Needs a case

              Best Uses

              • Low End Reproduction

              Comments about CAD KBM412 Bass and Kick Drum Microphone:

              I bought this mic to record the low end side of a cajon for an all acoustic blues project. It was perfect for that along with recording an acoustic bass. It does lack a little punch when recorded flat, but that's what EQ is for. Bang for the buck, this little mic does exactly what it says....picks up low end.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Best First Bass Mic

              Comments about CAD KBM412 Bass and Kick Drum Microphone:

              This is the first bass microphone I bought when I started with recordings. Admittedly it takes a lot of work to get a good sound out of it. The lows can get a little muddy and boomy while the mid range gives a decent slap but not too much punch. It took a long time to find the right placement and I could never get the ideal sound I hoped for. I solved this by mounting it inside the bass drum close to the batter head with a subkick in front of the resonant head. This makes it sound awesome! This is the best bass mic to get if you're just thinking of getting into recordings but don't want to spend a lot of money to get started. Everyone else should get one as a back-up for your live kick mic. It's cheap and you'll be glad to have it.
              It has the diaphram to capture decent lows and mids. It does take a lot of placement and eq'ing. When you upgrade to a better kick mic this is great for a floor tom. It also works pretty well on bass guitar amps and cabs.
              The housing is solid and has a little weight to it. I've had this mic for over half a decade, dropping and rolling it a few times, and it's still going strong!
              Best option for under a hundred.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Decent Mic For The Money

              By Tyler Cuidon

              from Birmingham, AL

              Comments about CAD KBM412 Bass and Kick Drum Microphone:

              This is not a bad kick mic by any means, but there are definately better ones out there. For the price, it does well in the context of an amateur home studio.
              With this mic you'll find yourself adjusting the EQ a lot before finding a comfortable sound.
              For shure one of the cheaper kick mics you'll find out there; a good price for non-professionals.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Decent

              By l000893424

              from New York

              Comments about CAD KBM412 Bass and Kick Drum Microphone:

              Overall, its a good mic for the price, but you should definitely look at others if your buying the kick mic separate. If you bought the drum package, I'd recommend buying a new, better kick mic and either sell this one or use it for bass cab micing or try floor tom micing (it fits in the tom mic mount in the better package).
              You plug in an xlr cable, and that's it. No features really.
              It seems to be fairly rugged for what it is. For the beginner, this may seem like a great first step into the world of recording drums, but after a while this will fade away, as it did for me. It picks up some decent low end at the more old school 100Hz, but it does capture quite a bit of the "mud" frequencies. In terms or "click" or "slap" you may find you have to EQ enough that your almost creating click where there was none. This is all, of course, based on your micing position and drum. However, I'm still standing by what I'm saying: it catches decent 100Hz low end, not much below that, and catches very little "click." With these qualities, you will find that it becomes hard to work with when mixing in other instruments.
              For its price, you are getting something that will actually capture a bass drum. It is a good value if your short on cash. However, I would definitely consider with going for a more trusted mic and spending a bit more money. It may seem hard to see past when your first starting out, but after a little bit of time working with it, especially mixing it, you'll want a new mic. There are others out there in the mid 100's price range that will probably give you that "click" that is so important to mixing in with other instruments and playing on cheap speakers.

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              4.0

              solid sound but lacks character

              By weevilboy

              from Undisclosed

              Comments about CAD KBM412 Bass and Kick Drum Microphone:

              This kick mic will give you satisfying low-end but lacks when it comes to defined punch or any sort of attack/click. One could maybe EQ this problem but out of the box it pales in comparison to my EV ND868. That said,this CAD is a solidly built kick mic with a passable thump, and at $50 you can't beat it for the price (the EV is more than 4 times that much!).

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              5.0

              Old-school Kick

              Comments about CAD KBM412 Bass and Kick Drum Microphone:

              Not the choice if you're after a 'modern' kick drum sound -- not enough click for that. But this Cad will give you a solid thud if you're into a rootsier sound. I suspect that many users might prefer it on bass cab or floor tom. More than usable on those applications. It's my mike of choice for bodhran (admittedly not a common instrument in most studios) where it captures a good and thick thump.

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