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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...Click To Read More About This Product

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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 52 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (28)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

78%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (6)
  • Good audio (6)
  • Versatile (4)
  • Durable (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (5)
  • Home studio (5)
  • Performances (4)
  • Professional recording (4)
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    • Experienced (6)

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 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Too Much Sub Woofer Action

By Michael Sharp

from Berwyn, IL

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Comments about CAD KBM412 Bass and Kick Drum Microphone:

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!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great

By Z

from FL

About Me Professional Musician

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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...

    (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    prepare to eq like mad

    By harperbass

    from louisville, ky

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Limited Functions
    • Poor Sound Quality

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about CAD KBM412 Bass and Kick Drum Microphone:

    bought this to replace a blown ev condensor mic i was using for kick drum... no comparison....should have found another used condensor...any cheap vocal mic would have more clarity than this....it'll do, that's all...

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Decent

    By l000893424

    from New York

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    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.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    J. Douglas

    By real soundman

    from St.louis mo.

    Comments about CAD KBM412 Bass and Kick Drum Microphone:

    I have 2 of these mics and they work great. I have a large concert pa with 8-18 subs a side and it sounds great. If your blowing up speakers with this mic it's operator error all the way. Mics don't blow up speakers, people do!! Great mic, great value. I've been in the sound business for 23 yrs.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Awesome For Home Recording

    By ramonefunk-v2bay

    from Ohio

    Comments about CAD KBM412 Bass and Kick Drum Microphone:

    I've recorded a couple of bands with this mic in my home, and trust me, it's worth two to three times as much as they are selling it for. Great response on a kick drum, although removing the front drum head helps to get that much-sought-after "click". I accidentally started picking up the floor tom of one of the drummers I recorded experimenting with kick-placement. That low tom never sounded so good! I also use it for bass cabs and guitar cabs. Both come out super clean, and with absolutely no high-end loss. If you're looking a for a great mic to be the work horse of your studio, pick this up!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Best First Bass Mic

    By ytndndrummer

    from Amnesis

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    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.

    (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.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Lacks sensitivity

    By phish_jams

    from Greater Boston, MA

    Comments about CAD KBM412 Bass and Kick Drum Microphone:

    I got this bass drum mic with the CAD Pro drummer's seven-pack. Although it does pick up the bass drum, it lacks enough sensitivity to provide a satisfying tone. Adding effects will help, but I found it was worth it to just buy a better mic.

     
    5.0

    Excellect Mic

    By Lee

    from Cary, NC

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    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about CAD KBM412 Bass and Kick Drum Microphone:

      Bought this mic based off of reviews. Was looking for an affordable mic to record bass cab. I couldn't believe the accuracy of this mic. I've used it on several recordings so far and have been very happy with the results. It's a little boomy but nothing that cant be tamed with a little eq and compression. Other than that this mic is a winner. Pick one up today.

       
      5.0

      Awesome Affordable Mic

      By Hagen

      from McGregor MN

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Performances

        Comments about CAD KBM412 Bass and Kick Drum Microphone:

        I run sound and play guitar in a band, we play about 50 gigs a year. We used this mic for our kick drum (Gretch set, ported kick) which was going through our Soundcraft board and into Turbosound 15s.

        I didn't mess with the EQ at all and it sounded great right out of the box.

        I can't comment on durability because we just used it for 2 gigs. So far so good.

         
        4.0

        Sounds Great

        By UNITED

        from Gallatin, TN

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        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Good Attack Nice Low End

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about CAD KBM412 Bass and Kick Drum Microphone:

          Great sound for the kick drum, at a great price!

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Bought this for my floor tom

          By FatDrummer

          from Houston, TX

          About Me Novice

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          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.

           
          5.0

          Great for bass rotor on leslie speaker

          By Michael

          from undisclosed

          About Me Experienced

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          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.

            (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            NO GOOD FOR CONTRA BASS

            By Rev. Dr. Willie B

            from Sunshine State

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            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.

                 
                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.

                 
                4.0

                I Hope You Can EQ!

                By Blanton Jones

                from Blytheville, AR

                Comments about CAD KBM412 Bass and Kick Drum Microphone:

                I bought this in the Pro Pak about three years ago. Although it has held up pretty good, I did have to replace one of the tom mics after a few months. This baby has ows like thunder (kinda like a muddier D6) but has very little attack. You pretty much have to lower all of the frequencies around 2-4KHz nad boost your volume to get decent beater smack attack. I used it on a recording and anded up replacing the kick with a sampled kick (thank God for technology). I now use it at my church where it works well because the sound stage is at a low enough volume to hear the natural sound of the kit without mics.

                 
                5.0

                happy with it

                By ted-xKExP

                from iowa

                Comments about CAD KBM412 Bass and Kick Drum Microphone:

                I've own this for a week, so I didn't get a whole lot of play with it but with the experience and mic comparisons I did with it, I'm pretty happy with what it can do. Today, I'd experimented and put it side by side with a m-audio nova, and boy, from now on that's how I'm going to capture my voice. I sound like a real bass singer and it has a natural quality that doesn't seem like overkill such as an eq could do. This mic is really meant for capturing a kick drum and it does a fine job for doing that. I'm looking forward to record more songs with it.

                 
                4.0

                I like it

                By SoundMan-aHWKr

                from davenport, ia

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                Comments about CAD KBM412 Bass and Kick Drum Microphone:

                This mic isn't too disimilar to the D6 as far as low end goes. Lacks the high-mid snappy attack of the D6 though. been doing live sound for 8 years and recording for the last couple as well. Just used this mic at a festival-12 bands in 3 days- and this mic came through for us. Never underestimate a little shift in the positioning. Stick it in a little further and closer to the center and it gets a decent attack, pull it back and more to the side and it thuds huge. Definatly fat on a bass rig. haven't tried it on toms yet though.

                 
                1.0

                Im not so sure.....

                By tomthepioneer

                from Boston, MA

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                Comments about CAD KBM412 Bass and Kick Drum Microphone:

                I bought this for my drum kit and it just doesn't sound very good. I'm not running it through a particularly good preamp, and I'm hoping that that is a big part of my problem, but this mic the way I have it just doesn't sound very good. The attack of the drum gets distorted a lot and there is not a whole lot of real good low end...but if your really on a budget, this mic is prob ok, just spend a little time eq-ing it to get it to sound better. Probably a good idea would be to cough up an extra thirty bucks or so and go for the AKG D-110 mic. A person said earlier that it sounded great on low toms - I definitely agree with this. It really gives my 16 inch tom a lot of punch and fullness, a really pleasent surprise for a not so great mic. but again, if you have a real tight budget like I did, its not such a bad idea untill you get the money for a nicer kick mic.

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