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Gear One MK1000 Kick Drum Mic Black 

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The highly affordable MK1000 is a dynamic mic designed for low frequencies. Its supercardioid polar pattern provides maximum isolation onstage for gr...Read More

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Keep the kick in the mix, for a great price.

The highly affordable MK1000 is a dynamic mic designed for low frequencies. Its supercardioid polar pattern provides maximum isolation onstage for greater gain-before-feedback. Its 30Hz-10kHz frequency response is tailored for kick drum with a slight boost at 80Hz (where kick drum lives) and a presence peak at 3kHz and 9kHz for clear and articulated attack. Max SPL: 146dB


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Gear OneMK1000 Kick Drum Mic
 
4.4

(based on 40 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (30)
  • Easy to use (29)
  • Durable (19)
  • Compact (18)
  • Lightweight (8)

Cons

  • Bulky/heavy (5)

Best Uses

  • Performances (23)
  • Home studio (21)
  • Amateur recording (16)
  • Outdoor events / games (12)
  • Professional recording (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (22), Professional musician (14)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Looks like a duck...

I tried this thing as soon as it arrived, in a tight orchestra pit where I was forced to stick it all the way inside via a short boom. Even angled somewhat off center...Read complete review

I tried this thing as soon as it arrived, in a tight orchestra pit where I was forced to stick it all the way inside via a short boom. Even angled somewhat off center there was a pronounced "slap." I ended up rolling off at 2.5K to get rid of most of that, leaving just a touch of impact.

The low end was nice and defined. Different drums have different fundamental tones and this one was not an 80, but the boost is gentle enough that it seemed to work. I also got a lot of boxiness and some leakage from the rest of the kit and ended up with a broad cut from about 125 all the way up to 600 before that cleaned up.
It arrived in a box. No bag, no warrantee card, no guide, no specs. A little searching around turned up this description:

Its supercardioid polar pattern provides maximum isolation onstage for greater gain-before-feedback. Its 30Hz-10kHz frequency response is tailored for kick drum with a slight boost at 80Hz (where kick drum lives) and a presence peak at 3kHz and 9kHz for clear and articulated attack. Max SPL: 146dB

I've tried it once so far and I am prepared to accept those specs as genuine based on what I heard.
Seems solid and sounds clean. I pulled the thing way up on PFL and was listening to the band members chatting via my headphones. So the self-noise is pretty low. The integral clip is rubbery but locks well.
For the price, this is a no-brainer. It gets you a better starting point for a kick drum sound at less than half the price of another '57. And if you have the bucks for an RE20, there will still come those days when you need a spare mic to loan out.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Decent budget choice

I have posted clips of this mic being used on an iffy kick drum (both QUICKLY processed and raw preamp input) on Freesound and Soundcloud, look it up by make / model. Good...Read complete review

I have posted clips of this mic being used on an iffy kick drum (both QUICKLY processed and raw preamp input) on Freesound and Soundcloud, look it up by make / model. Good deal *on sale* (questionable otherwise). Anyone who thinks this sounds anything like a D6 has never used a D6. It's a more market-typical kick mic, meaning it can get good basic results on kick IF you are willing to get in there and wrench that EQ. Might work OK with a bass cab too but I wouldn't try this for floor tom, guitar cab or vocals personally - the low mids and highs have an odd recessed thing going on that would contraindicate this mic for those apps.

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5.0

Ordered second one

By Ta

from Oklahoma

About Me Professional Musician

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Gear One MK1000 Kick Drum Mic:

    Bought one for the price but liked so well ordered another . Using it to mic lower end on my leslie sounds great for this.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I sold my Beta 52 and AKG D112

    By davernoise.com

    from chicago, il

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Gear One MK1000 Kick Drum Mic:

      You read correct. I got rid of my Shure Beta 52 AND AKG D112. However, I record primarily jazz. Pretty much every jazz drummer has a front head on his kick, with no port. I found the AKG to be lifeless sounding and a bit muddy (not a good combination for low end information) and the 52 had WAY to much attack, as well as sounding a bit hollow. The Gear One seems to capture an accurate uncolored sound from the source. And the super cardiod pattern is essential, especially on a small stage, with the front head on. The only con is the isolation isn't very good i.e. on a gig I was doing with wood floors, the mic was picking up the vibrations from the musicians walking by, and even the low end rumble caused by the kick & hi-hat peddles. This was easily remedied by using a full size stand with boom, and a little rubber padding below the stand.

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      5.0

      A great buy!

      By Randy

      from SE Wisconsin

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

        Comments about Gear One MK1000 Kick Drum Mic:

        For the modest investment this mic is outstanding!

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Awesome mic for kick drum!

        By Beach Bum

        from Florida

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Performances

          Comments about Gear One MK1000 Kick Drum Mic:

          This little mic compensates for my light touch on the beater head. I have a severely injured ankle which restricts action on the kick drum, so this MK 1000 fits the bill extremely well. And it's a little embarrassing to tell other musicians the low price I paid for it.

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          4.0

          Amazingly good for the price

          By Peghead

          from York, PA

          About Me Experienced

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                Comments about Gear One MK1000 Kick Drum Mic:

                A bass drum mic failed and a friend brought one of these to an all day show as a loaner. I am accustomed to many well known mics for bass drum. This MK1000 performed very well all day on a shared drum kit that multiple bands used at an outdoor concert! I bought 2 of them the following week. Experimenting here at my studio, it is interesting alternative for other instruments including hand drums and even acoustic guitar.

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                5.0

                Adds great low end kick sound

                By Sweens

                from The Ville, KY

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Compact
                • Durable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances

                  Comments about Gear One MK1000 Kick Drum Mic:

                  This mic is perfect for the weekend warrior. Sounds great live, especially with a set of 18" subs. It made our live, low end sound kick harder without adding volume.

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                  4.0

                  nice for the price

                  By Mathieu

                  from Magog QC, Canada

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Little Band Show

                    Comments about Gear One MK1000 Kick Drum Mic:

                    I buy this mic because it was at a cheap price and it sound really good for what is it... It's not Shure or AKG but for semi-pro sound it's perfect!

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Great, clean kick mic for the price

                    By TourTech

                    from Ontario, Canada

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • No Regrets So Far

                    Best Uses

                    • Performances

                    Comments about Gear One MK1000 Kick Drum Mic:

                    I bought two of these about 8 months ago when they were on sale. I did have a few other options in my walk-in mic kit, but I bought these based on the price and the reviews that I saw here.

                    These live in my mic case and get treated like every other mic I've ever owned - they travel on the road and are handled by people other than myself. SO far they have held up just as well as any other mic I've owned, so I see no issues there.

                    As for the sound of the mic, they do a great job on the kick and I have also used one a few times on the floor tom. The low end is articulate and rich without being overly boomy or muddy. I have no issue dialing in a kick with these mics at all.

                    I've also tested and liked this mic for recorded voice announcements. They don't go up particularly high, but they certainly go high enough for spoken word/announcer type use. They have a nice, warm, rich sound to them that works well with deep anouncer type voices.

                    It's not an RE-20, but for a tenth of the price it's definately worth getting one or two for your mic kit.

                    One last point - I am usually supplied with mics as I do walk-in gigs, and the most common kick mic soundco's are currently providing is the sure b-52. I'm not a fan of the b-52 so I will often use one of these instead.

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                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    3.0

                    Decent budget choice

                    By Cinco D-Pants

                    from Oklahoma City, OK

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                    Pros

                    • Value
                    • Workable Sonics

                    Cons

                    • Non-removable Mic Clip
                    • Requires Eq And Ear
                    • Slight Leakage

                    Best Uses

                    • Casual Kit Recording

                    Comments about Gear One MK1000 Kick Drum Mic:

                    I have posted clips of this mic being used on an iffy kick drum (both QUICKLY processed and raw preamp input) on Freesound and Soundcloud, look it up by make / model. Good deal *on sale* (questionable otherwise). Anyone who thinks this sounds anything like a D6 has never used a D6. It's a more market-typical kick mic, meaning it can get good basic results on kick IF you are willing to get in there and wrench that EQ. Might work OK with a bass cab too but I wouldn't try this for floor tom, guitar cab or vocals personally - the low mids and highs have an odd recessed thing going on that would contraindicate this mic for those apps.

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                    (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    3.0

                    Doesn't change that much.

                    By Parkerthemusicman

                    from The Woodlands, TX

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                          Comments about Gear One MK1000 Kick Drum Mic:

                          Compared to even my not-so-good dynamic microphone I got for free and that I've had sitting around for 5 years sounds pretty similar to this mic. This Kick drum mic isn't bad, just what I'm saying is that I can't hear much of a difference. That is, I haven't burnt a port hole in my resonant head yet. If you're looking to buy this, burn a hole in your resonant head or buy a resonant head with a port hole already made in it. That will get the "beating" of your drum, or the puchiness, to kick through to the mix more. Without that, as the mic sits, it doesn't sound much different than any other microphone. This would be great if I had the money to have an interface with effect on the drum so I could hear just the difference this makes, but I'm on a budget. If you're on a budget, don't have a summer job, don't have a job at all, a kid mowing lawns, whatever it may be, save your money until you have a better setup. Then upgrade. Unless you really want to start investing full-time in your drum mixing/recording.

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