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sw8010/29/2012

sw80's review"found the sweet spot"

Audix D6
The Audix D6 is a cardioid kick drum microphone that cost 200 dollars. It is very good and very affordable. We use to use a AKG kick drum microphone for a while and then went with a Shure microphone for the kick. Now we have the Audix D6 and wow, I have not seen a microphone in this price range do what the D6 can do.

OVERALL OPINION

The Audix D6 has a nice punch to it, so if you are making easy listening music or some type of jazz music then this microphone might not work for you. The Audix D6 has a full and rich low end to it. The frequency response on the Audix D6 is only 30 Hz-15khz and you won’t need to position it perfectly or find that perfect microphone location in order for it to give you that great sound either. As long as you have the microphone about 4 to 6 inches away from the drum you will get a full sound.
I do think the Audix D6 sounds better in a live show than it does being recorded. It just has a live feel and flavor to it, if you record with it you may have to pull back the kick drum a little bit in the mix or else it could be a little over powering and drown out your mix.
The Audix D6 is better than the Beta 52’s without a question. I was a Beta 52 user for about a year and then fell in love with the Audix D6 about 3 months ago and have not though about the Beta 52 since then. The precision and quality of sound are amazing for the price and I am extremely happy with our choice to use this microphone. This is the first Audix drum microphone that I have ever seen or used, and from now one it is my favorite kick drum microphone.
10/29/2011

Anonymous 's review"Huge sound!"

Audix D6
The Audio D6 is a microphone touted as having a huge and undistorted kick drum sound by Audix. Audix engineered the D6 to have a diaphragm with very low mass so that the pickup of the beater of the kick drum is rapid and clean. The D6 is a cardioid microphone specifically tuned for kick and bass. It boasts a rather normal 30 Hz - 15,000 kHz frequency response range. It is also very compact, which makes it much easier to position in front of a kick drum.

OVERALL OPINION

I have generally found the Audix D6 to have a very explosive, thunderous quality to it. Despite Audix's claims, the D6 does not seem to have the tightness to it that one would expect, as the sound that this microphone produces compared to other kick drum microphones is huge. The problem with this is that the saturation of the sound tends to muddy up the general sound of whatever music is playing.

Therefore, I am not the hugest fan of this huge microphone's sound in the live setting. However, everything else that Audix boasts about is certainly true. I immensely enjoy the ease of positioning the microphone on a kick drum, and which for the sake of convenience, this feature is immensely useful, I honestly would prefer to be able to adjust a little bit of the saturated sound that this microphone puts out.

At any rate, the Audix D6 is a fantastic microphone for a recording situation if you are looking for that explosive boomy kick sound. Although it may not be for everyone, it certainly is a fantastic microphone for the situations that it lends itself to. It blows you away, and although that is not always a good thing, it is just as often a fantastic quality for a microphone to have.
ericthegreat09/21/2011

ericthegreat's review

Audix D6
Did some live recordings with the DP5a kit. I will say that the low end on this mic is fantastic but i wouldn’t use this as a primary if you have a dynamic kick performance. The Low end is huge but not tight enough for a live situation. sounds best on the inside of a kick with a rock drummer; put it on the outside and you’ll need to pair it with something else on the in. bottom line, it needs mids unless you like kicks with no tone.


OVERALL OPINION

Well, I have to say that I am pretty happy to own the D-6. Audix has slowly been winning me over, but I was still pretty apprehesive to just buy a mic without testing it first. A close friend had used them quite a bit, and recommended them over other similar mics. It's everything I had hoped sonically, but the most impresive thing to me is the clip! I love the locking wheel, instead of the typical friction style clips. Go Audix, and I hope other manufacturers take a cue from this.

But overall, This mic will give you that earth-shaking, rumbling kick drum sound. It can take huge amounts of SPL and still not distort. I put it about 4 inches away from the beater head of the kick drum and even closer to give it more "click." Perfect for any style of music and amazing for metal drums. try it on a bass guitar too! The mic even feels like it can take a nuclear bomb and still work, its a solid block of aluminum! worth every penny, you will not be disappointed when you try it out! So give it a shot, you can get this mic for a decent price if you look around online, even check eBay. For some reason people get rid of these all the time, maybe they just don’t know what they are doing.
MGR/AlexV03/16/2010

MGR/AlexV's review"Audix D6"

Audix D6
The Audix D6 is drum microphone design specifically for miking kick drums. 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 bought this mic about 3 years ago for right around $200 from Sweetwater. We bought this mic to expand our mic catalog for a new studio at a Recording Arts college in Nashville, TN.

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This mic has great low end response and a accurate reaction to the attack of the beater as well. It is great as a kick mic in the live scenario and tends to sound great on just about any kick through a system and really sends some boom to the subs that hit the audience deep in the chest. It has a 14 dB boost in the 60Hz range and a 15dB boost around 4kHz giving a great mid range scoop while grabbing that beater sound.

This sounds pretty good in the studio but I prefer the AKG D112 or the Yamaha SubKick. It also claims to sound great wherever you choose to place it and this is most certainly not true. It has a lot of eq tuned into it that is supposedly geared towards the kick drum and I find that it makes it more difficult to get the sound I'm looking for in the studio because of it's sweeps and boosts.

It seems to be a well constructed mic. It has a strong black casing with a guard over the grill to reflect hits and protect it if dropped.

Bottome Line? This mic is great in the live scenario and beefs up just about any quick when pushing it through a system. It is a little to 'pre-tweaked' for my taste in the studio and doesn't lend nicely to EQ because of it's natural frequency curve. At this price, its a great value and gets the job done. This mic is receiving a '3' for studio application and a '4' for live use.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
moosers01/30/2010

moosers's review

Audix D6
The Audix D6 is a small dynamic microphone designed for use on a kick drum.  I've only used the mic inside of the recording studio, but it can definitely be used for live shows as well.  It is a compact microphone, which is a big plus as far as use with kick drum go as it makes it easy to place inside the kick.  The mic has a cardioid pick up pattern and will pick up frequencies in between 30 Hz and 15 KHz.

OVERALL OPINION

My use of the Audix D6 is limited to use with a kick drum inside of the recording studio, but I believe that the mic would have some versatility if I tried it out on other drums.  Having said this, this review will focus on the use of the D6 in tandem with a kick drum, as this is what the original purpose of the mic is and is what it is probably best for.  They say that the mic is actually tuned and tailored for use with a kick drum, which I don't doubt as it is great for this application.  While I do prefer the sound of an AKG D112 or a Shure Beta 52A, the Audix D6 is another fine choice for recording kick drum as it give you a nice and full sound, which both the low end booming and a nice attack to go along with it.  I love how compact the D6 is, as it makes it a breeze to stick inside of a kick drum and place it wherever I see fit.  I find that with some of the other kick drum mics that I previously mentioned, it can be a bit harder to fit them inside the kick drum and once I get them in there, it is a bit hard to move around.  These problems are washed away with the D6, which makes me think that it would be great for live shows since it would only take a second to place, although I can't say I've yet had experience using this mic in a live setting.  The price of the Audix D6 is right in the same range as the D112 and the 52A, so the three mics are probably a good place to start and shoot out when looking for a kick mic.  While the D6 wouldn't be my first choice of the three, it is a very solid mic on its own and should definitely be the discussion.
joshsound10/05/2008

joshsound's review

Audix D6
The D6 is a dynamic mic that is specifically designed for large drums. It has a very large dynamic capsule, so that it can respond better to the long wavelengths of bass frequencies. It is a cardioid polar pattern. There is no switchable pattern, and there is no pad for higher SPL's. There is also no low frequency filter, since the goal of this mic is to capture them. The mic connects with a standard XLR audio cable. The mic definitely has a tailored frequency response. There is definitely a bump in the low frequency area from 50Hz to maybe 200Hz. The mids seemed to be scooped out a bit until around 2-3k, and at that point there is definitely a spike. That is probably to help bring out the &quot;click&quot; in a kick drum to help it cut through in a mix instead of just sounding muffled and washed out. You could use this as your studio kick drum mic, and also as a live one.

OVERALL OPINION

I have had this for years, and I still haven't decided if I like this or AKG's D112 more. They are the same price, so it's an easy comparison to make. The D6 usually ends up with a sound that is beefier and has more weight to it, but it is often harder to get it to cut through in a mix than a kick recorded with the D112. Another nice use I have found for this mic is miking a bass amp. If you combine that signal with a DI signal from the bass, you can just use the miked signal to serve as the bottom end, and then use the crisp DI signal for the top. The result is a well balanced bass sound that won't turn to mush in a mix. It's only 200 dollars, so the price is low for a very nice kick sound. Gets my seal of approval.
MGR/Anonymous03/27/2004

MGR/Anonymous's review"Crafter D6"

Audix D6
Picked this one out of about ten played that day at American Music, Ventura, CA. Paid $350 in 2002. Sounded better than all the rest including a high priced Fender!

Extremely light, resonates nicely against my rib cage when playing, good sustain for an acoustic, nice bass response.

Have had to do a little surgery to get the action and playability where i like it. have lowered the bridge support (saddle?) and reset the truss rod a couple of times until the guitar aged enough for the wood and glue joints to stop "moving around". then had to file the frets. have also had to do this to high end Martins and Guilds costing many times more.

Wood: mahogany body and neck, spruce (?) top, rosewood fingerboard. Nice tuners. Frets seem durable.

While able to afford just about any guitar, couldn't justify the extra expense. A very nice instrument and a wonderful value for money

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
Tom Powder09/08/2014

Tom Powder's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Good mic!"

Audix D6
Dynamic microphone for bass instruments capturing (or not I like it on some snare).

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for 4 years regularly live and in the studio, I have tried many mics same range before this one (beta 52, D112, e602) and for my use is the one who did best go .
This mic is not neutral, moreover, it is not what is asked. To my taste it makes sense associated with 91 beta but is doing fine on his own when well placed.

But a catch size, the clamp supplied with is really zero (poor quality plastic, replace quickly not anything better).
This defect is compensated by the low weight of the mic that seems solid.

Since I use it I'm happy, the value for money looks good to me since I have not had a single problem with it. I recommend it and do it again this choice.
V old man on the hill12/17/2012

V old man on the hill's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Fashionista!"

Audix D6
Microphone for bass drum, dynamic blah!
EXCELLENT MICRO.

OVERALL OPINION

I have a two years but Mr. D6 and I know it must be since 2008.
It is a microphone that sells itself as a "must have" of modern sondier. In any would say it is already equalized. You can imagine the business case for sondier not very sure of himself!
It actually has a sound in air time bringing a heavy kick and impacted.
But I remember the cheers of the B52, B91 and other AKG D112 today but here is the skinny not baggy ok.
Experience tells me that the bass drum is an instrument somewhat marked by virtual methods and delivery systems.
For my part I predicts a return of 421 by 2015.
lechauve11/04/2012

lechauve's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Very good micro scene"

Audix D6
Dynamic type capsule wide cardioid.
Constitution lightweight (it pays not mine), but the quality AUDIX is, without a doubt.
Visible here: http://www.audixfrance.com/fr/rubrique/produits/details?RUB=PRODUITS&ID_ITEM=24&ID_FAMILLE=3

No used exclusively amplified bass drum and bass, and uniqt live, for my part.
Preferred styles: rock, pop and metal. But TAF used in jazz, reggae or folk (I get there and yet not an eagle chuis sound).
For the record I do not have enough experience about it, but I often lend to the home studio (trad jazz), and I'm rather positive feedback.
Anecdote: I have a friend (technician pro video sondier warned) who tried on singing voice of desperation (zik making troubleshooting for home-studio demo urgent) ... And bé is worse, it seems (well, yes I have not heard) ...

OVERALL OPINION

Used for 7 months.

Other models tested often (live): SHURE Beta 52, AKG D112, E906 SENN (jazz and folk).
Slightly less often (live in troubleshooting): BEYER M88N.

The (large) +: a deep response in the bass attack very present without being aggressive harmonics attenuated in low-medium without deleting the richness of the instrument. It is quite immediate music, in short. For me the sound with this mic is tjr easier (faster) to color with the other four models aforementioned, QLQ is the sound of the instrument's original bass.
This is mainly due, WADA, the curve very special and flattering but also character cardioid mic which allows more efficient recovery of the sound envelope of an instrument B52, eg

(Small) -:
- Its cardioid which makes it less repisse immunized against a B52 (hyper-cardio), especially in a confined space bar type (in my case, used a systematic ° gate)
- Greater sensitivity to the waves, shocks and other vibrations that B52 or D112 on small scenes or low-damn bad, the AMA to its lightness (in my case, used No systematic suspension universal, as the OH, mm if not needed).

Very good ratio Q / P, at least compared to its direct competitors.
It costs a price SENN mm E902 (already played it, as a drummer, but never tried as sondier) and a little expensive than B52 +, a D112 or E906, for best results that WADA the last 3.
For GC or bass, I would do this choice without hesitation if necessary. For a more versatile (percussion, winds ...) I choose rather a M88 (but then, nine is not price ... mm).