The AKG D112 is typically a kick drum or bass mic with an incredibly high max SPL of 160 dB. I am a student, musician, writer, and pretty good line dancer
residing in beautiful Nashville, TN. I've been a drummer and guitar player on and off for the past 10 years of my life and have began engineering and producing in the past 4. I currently play drums for the band Brookline and you can see me rockin' an Orange County Drum and Percussion or Mapex kit decked out with Zildjian K Hybrids.
Our studio purchased this about 3 years ago for right around $250.00 from Sweetwater. It was bought while trying to build our mic catalog for a studio at a Recording Arts college in Nashville, TN.
If you've ever had your kit miked up, chances are you have used one of these. Obviously, AKG did something right when the D112 came onto the market so long ago. With great bass response and a high max SPL, nothing really can beat the D112 besides maybe the Beta 52A
. Where other mics lack, the D112 has great low end response, even under 100hz.
Many people like to use this as a mic for bass amps and I have found it usefull in some situations but in general you lose a lot of attack and finger noise with the bass.
This mic is a beast. A buddy of mine has used his for the past 15 years nightly at a venue and it still works and sounds new.
Bottom Line? If you want to be taken seriously as an engineer(studio or live) and have all the tools to make your client happy, the AKG D112 is a must have. At about half the price of the Yamaha SubKick
, you can't beat this deal.
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