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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
 
4.2

(based on 50 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

71%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (4)
  • Home studio (4)
  • Professional recording (3)
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    • Experienced (4)

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 4 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

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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 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.

    (1 of 3 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...

    (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)

     
    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)

     
    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.

     
    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!

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