What is a AKG D112 used for?

AKG D112 is a classic mic for kick drums that features large diaphragm, designed for high sound pressure and can handle quite a bit of vibrations. Typically, dynamic mics never boast having balanced frequency charts, especially when meant for kick recording where all you’d probably hope for is a decent low-end.

Is AKG D112 good?

The D112 is designed for the kick drum which is often considered the centrepiece of a drum sound. The AKG D112 has earned a well-deserved reputation worldwide as the best kick drum microphone ever made. Heavy-footed drummers won’t faze it, because the AKG D 112 handles up to 160 dB SPL with no audible distortion.

Does AKG D112 need phantom power?

As a dynamic mic, the D112 should ignore phantom power, although the service documentation suggests that the presence of phantom power will reveal short-circuited litz wires, which can get crushed in the housing if the mic is inexpertly reassembled.

What type of microphone is a AKG D112?

bass drum microphone
Industry benchmark for bass drum microphone Over the years the D112 has earned a well-deserved reputation as one of the best bass drum microphones ever made, for its high SPL capability, punchy EQ and bulletproof construction. The D112 MkII can handle more than 160 dB SPL without distortion.

Why is the AKG D112 good for kick drums?

The D112 brings the D12 up to date in terms of manufacturing quality and design, and retains the D12’s characteristic sound. Secondly, the AKG D112 is a microphone that can handle a high sound pressure level, which is exactly what you get from a kick drum.

Do dynamic mics need phantom power?

A dynamic microphone, like the SM58, does not require phantom power because it does not have active electronics inside. Nonetheless, applying phantom power will not damage other microphones in the vast majority of cases.

What are polar patterns in microphones?

The polar pattern of a microphone determines the sensitivity at different angles. A polar pattern defines how much of the signal will be picked up by the microphone from different directions.

Which is the front of AKG D112?

Conventionally, you can tell which is the front of a microphone (if in doubt) by the manufacturer’s logo. The side with the logo is the front. However, this mic has ‘AKG’ on one side and ‘D112’ on the other. Actually, the mesh grille side is the front, so this microphone defies conventional practice.

How do you mic a kick drum for recording?

Inside Mic / Attack Mic Putting a microphone inside of the drum pointing at the beater will help capture the mid range and attack of the drum. By having a microphone dedicated to these areas of the overall tone, you can EQ the key frequency of the attack and dial it in to taste.

Will 48V phantom power damage a dynamic mic?

It will not hurt anything to leave your phantom power on. Most dynamic or condenser microphones that don’t require phantom power will reject it. Ribbon mics are the exception in this situation. Sending phantom power to a ribbon microphone will probably have disastrous consequences.