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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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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

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


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Gear OneMK1000 Kick Drum Mic
 
4.3

(based on 43 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (23)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (33)
  • Easy to use (31)
  • Durable (22)
  • Compact (20)
  • Versatile (9)

Cons

  • Bulky/heavy (5)

Best Uses

  • Performances (25)
  • Home studio (23)
  • Amateur recording (17)
  • Outdoor events / games (13)
  • Professional recording (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (22), Professional musician (17)

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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4.0

great little mic for the price-

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from PGH, PA

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Mobile DJ
    • Performances

    Comments about Gear One MK1000 Kick Drum Mic:

    This mic is very good at quite a few apps... esp. for a kick with no soundhole and in small to med PA's. I'm sure it would be fine on bigger ones also if need be. This mic though is overlooked as a rich vocal mic! I use it with an acoustic/Roland drum duo- one must EQ it a bit differently than your standard 58 0r Beta58, AKG or other standard vocal mics. I'm a drummer/singer and LOVE singing through this mic- deep rich tones with good crispness when you crank up the highs- hard to get feedback from this in my experience, but I also know how to set up after 30+ years...LOL... All around a good buy- I bought another for a spare!

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    5.0

    It super duper.

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    from Chicago

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    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Durable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Gear One MK1000 Kick Drum Mic:

      Its freaky deaky good! Worth every penny.
      Heavy man. Totally.

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      4.0

      love this!

      By 

      from PGH, PA

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Good Vocal Mic Live
        • Performances

        Comments about Gear One MK1000 Kick Drum Mic:

        Bought as a spare to augment my Shure mics, ended up using this one more often in a medium sized room I play often until I bought a Shure D91. Now I use it as a VOCAL mic! Great depth and tone- close proximity it has a very rich sound. Very good mic for the price and versatility- nice to have available. Worth purchasing.

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        5.0

        Ordered second one

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        from Ok

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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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          5.0

          I sold my Beta 52 and AKG D112

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          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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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A great buy!

            By 

            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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              5.0

              Awesome mic for kick drum!

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              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

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                from York, PA

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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

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                from The Ville, KY

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                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

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                  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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