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BeatIt tests 12 bass drum microphones

Twelve microphones have undergone a genuine crash test, although in this case a bash-the-hell-out-of-the-mikes test would probably be a much more appropriate way to describe it. Blindman and Animal didn’t spare their time, effort, blood, sweat and tears (the latter three spelt in small letters, not those in caps, singing about Lucretia MacEvil) and beat all the units black and blue using a 24″ x 18″ and a 20″ x 18″ DW Collectors bass drum with Remo Powersonics and Evans EQ3 Reso Black heads as well as a 24″ x 8″ DW subwoofer equipped with DW’s own Clear Edge and Non-Vented Reso bass drum heads. Clearly, those are not designed for making murmuring and rustling sounds on a lakeshore. The first part of every film features line audio signal whereas the other half of each of them features compressed signal (compressor ratio 4.6:1, threshold -30db). Here are the results.

Sontronics DM-1B

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Shure Beta 52A