Least Favorite Kick Drum Mic
Too woofy, no attack, messy low end.
Too woofy, no attack, messy low end.
I've used this mic forever on kick, and imo, it is THE best kick mic in this price range, and if you wanna avoid using multiple mics. But I just recently picked up another one to use for floor tom, bass cab, and other low frequency type things.
Floor tom, it's not the best mic in the world for the application by any means, but it does the job with a little tweaking. It's a tad scooped and clicky on top (perfect for modern kick) but can miss the mark a bit for toms, but the off axis rejection is so darn good (ie very little bleed) that it's worth it to dial in some extra mids and dial down the top. Can be a little odd to position.
Bass cab. Awesome in combo with a DI track. It's got a good tight low end, and the top helps the dinga-dinga stick out from bass played with a pick. Could even be cool paired with a 57 on guitar amp for down tuned type stuff.
Kick, like I said, perfect at this price point. It's got tight thumpy lows, crisp top, and a bit of a mid scoop. Place it just right at the cusp of the port hole, slightly off axis if you wanna reduce clickiness, take a bit out at 400hz and you got yourself a pretty handsome sounding kick.
Only giving 4 stars, cause it is a bit bulky and awkward to position, and it's not necessarily the best mic in the world for a given application, but for the price and quality, it's a no brainer.
Shure fanboy for life!
I've used a lot of kick mics, and had grown tired and less satisfied with my last one, a D112. I knew the 52A would be an improvement, and it definitely is. I'm mainly using it for live use, and like the feedback rejection (while using serious new subs nearby). It has a fat, round sound without being too restrained. You can get a good click when needed, and overall it has a nice tightness to it. Kick mics are really a taste thing, and so subjective depending on application. But the 52A has the versatility those of us that can only have one kick mic in our locker need. It can have a more refined, detailed sound recording a well-tuned drum, or thump out fatness for a live rock band.
You can't ask for any more from a bass drum mic. It gets the ideal sound, and doesn't completely break the bank. No complaints at all. The only thing I'd say is that I don't use it alone. I pair this mic with an Audix i5 on the batter head to get the sound I'm looking for.
I have tried everything over the years for micing my bass drum and I do mean everything - Beyerdynamic, AKG including a d122 & 414, Rode, older Shure's and Audix... Don't waste your time. Every live show that impresses with me with bass drum tone uses a Beta 52A. The combination of the 52a and a Cascade X15 overhead is simply the best sound and best stereo (spatial) separation you will ever get from your drum kit. It doesn't matter what mic you use for toms, snare or hats after you buy those two mics - believe me.
I'm sure that Earthworks and other combinations sound awesome, but for less than a $1000 your kit can sound like any professionally recorded kit with little to no EQing.
I was pleasantly surprised at how well this picked up the low end on my Leslie 3300 A great mic for the price and a great sound too!.
I love this mic, i have retired my D12,lol
Go to for the kick sound I love! Also like it on Bass Cabs! MUST BUY!
Love the beta 52 mic! Amazing sound, has THE punch that my kick was lacking, but gives it a nice warm low end when your playing is more subtle. I really dig the way my kick sounds now!
Thanks Sweetwater Dudes!
This microphone has been our staple for years and provides the lows from our Kick drum we like.....
Couldn't believe how much bottom end I got with this mic when using it on kick this weekend. It had so much bottom end. I had so much thickness at 47hHz when used with a Pearl Masters 22x18 kick. Paired with a Royer R101 on the outside, I had a killer kick sound!
I'm definitely adding one of these to my arsenal. Might have just found my new go-to kick mic!
Giving me everthing i could ask for!!!
We played at a huge indoor venue in North Carolina and my direct out on my SVT IV went down. The engineer hooked up Shure 52 and I was blown away!!! True to live speaker response reproduction! My bandmates all commented on how clear it sounded!
The Beta 52A is one a true bargain. It is solid and it sounds great.
It handles high SPL without distortion and when placed properly it
can reproduce the source with punch and detail without undue color.
This mic is the counterpoint of the AKG D112, which to me is more
about a tight attack than a full spectrum reproduction of the source.
It is one of my favorites on bass cabinets.
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