The dynamic D4 microphone from Audix uses an entirely new capsule specially designed to capture high SPL instruments with extended frequencies below 100Hz. Sub-impulse technology captures lows better ... Read More
The dynamic D4 microphone from Audix uses an entirely new capsule specially designed to capture high SPL instruments with extended frequencies below 100Hz. Sub-impulse technology captures lows better than other mics for truer sound imaging. The D4 mic is perfect for bass drum, toms, timpani, piano, and sax. 38Hz-19kHz response, 144dB handling. Comes with pouch and mic clip.
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This microphone is great: I use it for floor toms, bass drums, saxophones, and guitars. For floor toms, you get a great punchy sound, and it picks up more of your ambient drum noise (more of the overtones, rather than JUST picking up the attack). For bass drums, I like this for jazz, indie, soft rock, etc- genres where you want the bass drum to be a pop, rather than a huge bassy thud (the Audix D6 is fantastic for that). It'll pick up your 18-20 inch bass drum nicely, and it can tame a muddy 22+ incher. Now what I didn't expect was the glorious tone I get using this mic for saxophones- it really lets the saxophones character shine through (whereas an SM57 type microphone seems to suck some of the low-mid from it), and for live applications it seems to outshine every other instrument mic i've used. For guitars, this is great for thick, low-midrange tones (think Les Paul through Marshall), and paired with an i5 or an SM57, you can do some great blending (try hard stereo, one mic in each ear). Overall, I'm impressed with this microphone; it's proven it's not just a one trick pony, like many drum-optimized microphones.
I've used the Audix D4 for years as a kick drum mic after it quickly became my favorite. I've found that placing it halfway into the hole of the front skin of a kick gives it just the sound I'm looking for. Depending on the characteristics of mic placement and the drum itself you may find yourself needing to boost the low end of your EQ just a bit, but this mic has never failed to satisfy.
Perfectly voiced for floor toms, I prefer the D6 on kick but even there it's not a bad mic. This mic does work better for bass guitar than the D6 since it has a slightly more neutral character. I own an i5 for my snare, D2's for my rack toms, D4's for my floor toms, and D6 for my bass drum. I couldn't be happier, especially for the money. I also own a set of comparibly priced Sennheiser mics that I can use on drums (e602, e604, e609) and those are also good but personally I prefer the Audix sound. I also like the fact that Audix voices their mics to specific drums, since rack toms need different EQ than say a floor tom or snare drum. I don't usually use any EQ with any of my Audix mics unless the room is really bad and I have to get rid of feedback. If you are searching for a great floor tom sound check this out today.
I like the way this works on the floor tom...I bought the clip mount for it (not included) and it's easy and sounds fine. Very durably built and good looking.
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