Thanks to a great question from sxsyfly (see “comedy of errors…”) I thought we’d give a little attention to kick/bass drum microphones.
Above is a shot of the Shure 57 we used to capture Sara Routh’s foot stomping on Big Yellow Taxi… in this instance it’s a robust “dynamic” microphone with what we could call a good “bass response”… the following diagram will reveal all:
So as you can see… different instruments occupy different frequency zones… so with something like a “foot stomp” or a kick drum… you want a microphone that responds well in the lower frequency ranges and in this instance something that is quite robust cos it may get a kick or two!!!
As you can imagine there is a huge debate as to what the best microphone for the kick drum application is… if you are interested check out: