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Electro-Voice PL33 Kick Drum Microphone 

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An affordable kick drum mic that delivers tight punch

The PL33 is designed for kick drum, low toms and low frequency instruments, and is price positioned to compete with other leading models. Delivering all of the tight punch and transient snap necessary for today's demanding sound requirements; the PL33 is destined to become a staple in every professional soundperson's arsenal of mics. With its enhanced isolation via a tight supercardioid polar pattern, coupled with its application-oriented frequency response voicing, it challenges the performance of competitive models costing up to twice as much. Although the PL line is designed for professional live sound applications, the PL33 (as well as all of the PL drum mics) is equally capable of handling the sonic requirements of recording studio applications.

FEATURES
  • Element Type: Dynamic
  • Freq Response: 20 Hz - 10,000 Hz
  • Polar Pattern: Supercardioid
  • Sensitivity: 0.63 mV/Pa
  • Impedance: 150 ohms
  • Connector: 3-pin, XLR-type
SPECIFICATIONS

PL33 Kick Drum Microphone

  • Net Weight: 12.9 oz (364 g)
    Shipping Weight: 23.7 oz (672 g)
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Electro-VoicePL33 Kick Drum Microphone
 
4.4

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (4)
  • Professional recording (4)
  • Performances (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (3), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Can't beat it

I bought this mic for 80 dollars brand new. For that price, it was a great buy. It sounds great without any EQ, as it is naturally bass heavy and boomy. Just...Read complete review

I bought this mic for 80 dollars brand new. For that price, it was a great buy. It sounds great without any EQ, as it is naturally bass heavy and boomy. Just the sound I was looking for. I think it might just be my favorite bass drum mic at this point. I would highly recommend this product.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

DO NOT internal mout to bass drum

I purchased this mic as part of a 5 piece kit. I used it as an internally mounted kick drum mic and was getting clipping/distortion. After much effort I narrowed it down to...Read complete review

I purchased this mic as part of a 5 piece kit. I used it as an internally mounted kick drum mic and was getting clipping/distortion. After much effort I narrowed it down to this mic. This mic can't take any vibrations/shock. If you hold the mic and tap the side of it, you will hear distortion. I went back and forth with EV/Bosch regarding this issue. They swapped out for another one and it was doing the same thing. Evidently there a design flaw with the PL33. I don't have this issue with my other mics. This mic sounds great but you must use it on a separate mic stand. They eventually replaced mine with an N/D 868... no more issue.
BTW, even though the review is for the PL33, the PL35 tom mic (that came with my kit) is experiencing similar issue when used with the floor tom. I had to get a little more creative and use a cymbal felt between the mic and clip to eliminate the clipping.
Again, these mics sound great but there seems to be a design flaw that it is not very tolerant of vibrations.

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5.0

alot more punch than what i was using. i would reccomend.

By skins

from darlington, s.c

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Electro-Voice PL33 Kick Drum Microphone:

    always good service and fast shipping.

     
    4.0

    yes

    By PS

    from Toms River NJ

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    Comments about Electro-Voice PL33 Kick Drum Microphone:

    Great bass drum mic

     
    5.0

    sounds great on floor toms

    By Sticks5015

    from Nashville, Tn

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    Pros

    • Clear Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Electro-Voice PL33 Kick Drum Microphone:

      Great tone on floor toms without a lot of ambient noise.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great Value, hidden gem

      By Guitar player

      from Approaching Event Horizon (East Texas)

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

      • 1 Pro- Bass Guitar Mic
      • Cheap
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Muffled Sounding Kick Mic

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Electro-Voice PL33 Kick Drum Microphone:

      I bought this for our drummer at brand new. The unmolested tone you get from this thing on a kick drum has little attack, and sounds quite rounded. However, our drummer loves John Bonham, so it suited him well. I then decided to use it mic up a bass cab for our bassist. It produced a fat, percussive, tone to die for with plenty of attack. I strongly recommend using this mic for bass guitar, try it you won't be disappointed.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Multi Purpose Low Freq Mic

      By RX2

      from Satan's Bed

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      Pros

      • Affordable
      • Full Sound
      • Great Rejection
      • Multi Use
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Needs EQ
      • Very heavy
      • Weak Attack

      Best Uses

      • Acoustic Guitar Recording
      • Bass Guitar Cab
      • Cajon Bass Port
      • World Percussion

      Comments about Electro-Voice PL33 Kick Drum Microphone:

      This mic is perfect for mic'ing the bass port of a cajon, which is what I was looking for. Its also the best value for a kick drum mic.

      Good for congas, bass guitar cabs, floor tom and rebollo drums.

      Attack is weaker than more expensive mics, but unless your playing metal it will do the job.

      Tip: Use it on the sound hole of an acoustic guitar with an SM57 on the 12th fret for wide mix-abilty on a budget.

      Versatile indeed.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Good for the price

      By barrybynum

      from San Marcos TX

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      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

      • Not Super Effecient

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Electro-Voice PL33 Kick Drum Microphone:

      Good basic kick mic. Not as sensitive as other kick mics (to be fair this might be intentional) . It takes a little more messing with EQ to get this one to sound as nice as some of the more expensive ones. But the final result is just as good.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Big boom for your buck

      By jamjunkie

      from New Florence,Pa.

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      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Great Sound Minimal Eq

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Performances

        Comments about Electro-Voice PL33 Kick Drum Microphone:

        This is the first kickdrum mic I've ever purchased for myself, simply because, when on tour everything is provided by a sound co. Not on the road for now and doing small clubs I had to find a good kick microphone. Seeing all makes and styles pass throuh my kickdrum over the years I thaught i would try something new and different. The PL33 specs are very comparable to the Bata52 and other "highend" mics that have no punch. The PL33 has the punch and bottom end. For the price and performance, buy it.

        (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        DO NOT internal mout to bass drum

        By David Hisky

        from Austin Tx

        Comments about Electro-Voice PL33 Kick Drum Microphone:

        I purchased this mic as part of a 5 piece kit. I used it as an internally mounted kick drum mic and was getting clipping/distortion. After much effort I narrowed it down to this mic. This mic can't take any vibrations/shock. If you hold the mic and tap the side of it, you will hear distortion. I went back and forth with EV/Bosch regarding this issue. They swapped out for another one and it was doing the same thing. Evidently there a design flaw with the PL33. I don't have this issue with my other mics. This mic sounds great but you must use it on a separate mic stand. They eventually replaced mine with an N/D 868... no more issue.
        BTW, even though the review is for the PL33, the PL35 tom mic (that came with my kit) is experiencing similar issue when used with the floor tom. I had to get a little more creative and use a cymbal felt between the mic and clip to eliminate the clipping.
        Again, these mics sound great but there seems to be a design flaw that it is not very tolerant of vibrations.

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Can't beat it

        By pzimmerdrumss

        from CA

        See all my reviews

        Comments about Electro-Voice PL33 Kick Drum Microphone:

        I bought this mic for 80 dollars brand new. For that price, it was a great buy. It sounds great without any EQ, as it is naturally bass heavy and boomy. Just the sound I was looking for. I think it might just be my favorite bass drum mic at this point. I would highly recommend this product.

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Electro-Voice PL33 Kick Drum Microphone

        By Tom Frederick

        from Southern Oregon

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        Comments about Electro-Voice PL33 Kick Drum Microphone:

        I purchased an Electro-Voice PL 33 over a year ago after trying out several Kick Drum mics, and at that point I stopped looking. The mic has the sonic character I was looking for for live sound use and for recording. Now the bass drum sounds right without a lot of tweaking on the EQ. And the price is right too. Highly recommended.

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