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Gear One MK1000 Kick Drum Mic

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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...Click To Read More About This Product

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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
 
4.3

(based on 44 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (23)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (34)
  • Easy to use (31)
  • Durable (22)
  • Compact (20)
  • Versatile (9)

Cons

  • Bulky/heavy (5)

Best Uses

  • Performances (26)
  • Home studio (23)
  • Amateur recording (17)
  • Outdoor events / games (13)
  • Professional recording (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (22), Professional musician (18)

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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(16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Looks like a duck...

By nomuse

from SF Bay Area

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Comments about Gear One MK1000 Kick Drum Mic:

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.

(5 of 5 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.

(5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Surprising little mic

By zach rogers

from rio linda, ca

Comments about Gear One MK1000 Kick Drum Mic:

this mic is now a go to in my studio, i love this thing and for the price you get far far more than wha youre paying for. but like i said, there is really nothing exceptional about this except that youre paying almost nothing for it. if youre starting a small home studio or sound replacing your drums, then youve fund your new mic.
Nothing supr special here. the 80hz boost is nice. does what it needs to do.
so with no information about this little guy i definately misjudged it at fist glance. build quality looks cheap,but is extremely solid. and the sound quality impressed me a lot. theres nothing special about it, but it doesnt sound like shit and thats wht i expected. so far ive used this in drum, acoustic guitar, and electric guitar applicaions and its exceeded my expectiations every time. and considering i use sound replacement on my drums this things perfect.
unless youre using real drum sounds theres no reason to buy anything else.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Stupid Deal I've Bought

By Steve42

from Millbrook, AL

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Big bass
  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Church
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Gear One MK1000 Kick Drum Mic:

    Bought this mic as a Stupid Deal figuring for the price, we couldn't lose. I have been impressed with the bass response of this guy over the old Audix drum mic we were using to mic the kick. We are running 2 JBL 18" subs and we really had to roll back on the mic levels to keep from shaking the walls with this mic.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    MK1000 Kick Drum Mic-Great Deal

    By Tguitar

    from Atlanta Georgia

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    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use
    • Pro Sound Backups

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Performances

      Comments about Gear One MK1000 Kick Drum Mic:

      I purchased these as backups for Kick Drum/Bass Guitar. After testing these in the Studio through a Giging PA, I am pleased with their construction and sound. For the price, you can't go wrong, especially for a Rock Band Performance.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great mic

      By drumdrumdrumming

      from Duvall, WA

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      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Kick drum
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Gear One MK1000 Kick Drum Mic:

        This is a great kick drum mic! I have a home studio for drums and I love this thing!I wish it had the batter sound like the audix kick mics do. For best sound place it 2 inches inside the kick drum!

        (2 of 2 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.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Awesome mic for kick drum!

          By Beach Bum

          from Florida

          About Me Professional Musician

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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.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Adds great low end kick sound

            By Sweens

            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.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Great, clean kick mic for the price

              By TourTech

              from Ontario, Canada

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              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.

              (2 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Not pleased

              By The player

              from Arvin ca

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                • Bulky/Heavy
                • Limited Functions
                • Poor Sound Quality
                • Unreliable

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio
                • Performances

                Comments about Gear One MK1000 Kick Drum Mic:

                Will not recommended this product

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Worth the money

                By Shaggmanx

                from Bowling Green, KY

                About Me Professional Musician

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                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Events
                  • Performances

                  Comments about Gear One MK1000 Kick Drum Mic:

                  I bought this just because it was a stupid deal of the day and it was cheap. I didn't expect much. BUT, it's great when you have to mic inexperienced drummers' kicks. It brings out the punch even when they don't know how to tune a kick drum. I used it on my kick with a 64 band EQ I've been using for 20 years and it gave it so much more punch. There may be better ones out there, but for the price, it's great to make your kick punch.

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Derailed

                  By Derailer

                  from Ohio

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                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Events
                    • Home Studio

                    Comments about Gear One MK1000 Kick Drum Mic:

                    Bought this as a back-up and maybe to use for scratch pad recordings, but ended up using it live at a show. Worked fantastic. Our sound man was pleased with it. Used it on a kick drum without a hole in it, and produced better sound than the bigger name brand mic we usually use, so it may just stay on as our live gig mic.

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    A pleasant surprise

                    By goofydrum

                    from Los Angeles, CA

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Gear One MK1000 Kick Drum Mic:

                      I was plesantly surprised by this mic. It delivers a very accurate sound on kick drums, delivering a nice balance of punch, attack, and low end. It does a good job of rejecting sound from other drums. It handles different tunings well. I have also used this as a vocal mic, and on a bass amp. It handled these tasks with no problem. It's not as detailed as a more expensive mic, but that's no problem. EQ and tweaking reveal how well this mic captures the source. I'm totally happy with this mic. Keeper!

                      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great Mic for the money

                      By BassPlayerEngineerMusicainProducer

                      from Lakeview, Oregon

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable

                      Cons

                      • None as of yet

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Studio
                      • Performances
                      • Professional Recording

                      Comments about Gear One MK1000 Kick Drum Mic:

                      I have owned a stuido for 24 years and have worked for more years as a musicain than I care to tell. I used this on a gig in place of my AKGD112 and it worked really well. Remined me of the audix kick drum mic taylored for a good sound with kick not haveing to use much eq. For the money I think it is a great live mic. Will not get a chance to use it in the stuio for some time but will give it a try and update my comments. I would think it will sound very good.

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Outstanding!

                      By Brad

                      from Phoenix

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Compact
                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Gear One MK1000 Kick Drum Mic:

                        It is my belief that one can never own too many microphones, so this mic seemed like a sensible risk, especially in light of the positive reviews it has recieved. I was not impressed with the packaging, but the mic feels sturdy and well constructed.

                        The microphone sounded great from the moment we plugged it in, outshining much more expensive kick drum mics. So you believe you can't purchase a quality kick drum mic for under $100.00? You wanna bet? This mic is a steal!

                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        kick mic

                        By deadly_do_rock

                        from columbus, oh

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                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Compact
                        • Easy To Use

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Events
                          • Performances

                          Comments about Gear One MK1000 Kick Drum Mic:

                          Gave us a good, solid kick sound. Nobody noticed i had changed the mic for our gig, so I was pleased at it's construction and reproduction.

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          love this!

                          By david

                          from undisclosed

                          About Me Professional Musician

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                          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.

                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Ordered second one

                            By TA Oklahoma

                            from Oklahoma

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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.

                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              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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