Audix D6 Microphone

Cardioid Kick Drum Microphone - Black
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Looking For A Huge, Clean, Undistorted Kick Drum Sound?

The Audix D6 is the perfect choice for solid kick drum sounds. The cardioid pickup pattern does an excellent job rejecting sound from external sound source to keep the sound of the kick drum pure and clean. The D6 boasts a VLM (Very Low Mass) diaphragm to react quickly to the attack of the beater, and the 30Hz-15kHz frequency response sports big bumps right where you need it for earth-shaking lows without sacrificing the attack. For other low-frequency instruments such as bass, the D6 fares equally well.

Audix D6 at a Glance:
  • Tuned specifically for kick drum and low-frequency instruments
  • Sounds good no matter where you place it

Tuned specifically for kick drum and low-frequency instruments
The D6 is designed specifically to tackle kick drums and other low-frequency instruments. There is 14dB of boost at 60 Hz, 15dB between 4 and 5K, and 17db between 10 and 12k. The tailored response of this microphone makes it ideal for use of 22" bass drums. The D6 capsule features the same legendary VLM technology that has made the D series percussion and instrument microphones very popular for today's live stages and recording studios. The VLM diaphragm ensures that the mic responds very quickly to transients, ensuring the attack isn't lost.

Sounds good no matter where you place it
Drums are one of the hardest instruments to record, especially when trying to replicate the sound of a previous recording. The D6 is designed to sound good in any position and it is not dependent on finding the "sweet spot" of the drum. This is great since you know that time after time, the kick will sound great!

Audix D6 Features:
  • Cardioid polar pattern
  • Tuned for kick and bass
  • 30Hz-15kHz frequency response
  • Not dependent on finding "sweet spot" for good sound
  • VLM diaphragm for fast transient response
Audix D6 - The perfect mic for low-frequency applications!

Additional Media

D6 Spec Sheet
Studio Microphone Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Microphone Type Dynamic
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Frequency Response 30Hz-15kHz
Output Impedance 200 ohms
Color Black
Connector XLR
Weight 0.48 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number D6

Customer Reviews

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Excellent Kick Mic!

Let me first say that everyone has a different view, and each microphone is unique. If you are like me, and like a serious punch with your kick drum, then this is your best bet. This microphone is fantastic. It is tailored to low frequency sources as I am sure you have read. I tested this microphone side-by-side the Beta52 and the D112, and while each of those are great mics, the D6 really stood out as the punchiest/beefiest of the three. I will never use another microphone to mic the inside of my kick.Additionally, this mic excels with 16+" floor toms, as well as bass cabinets. I do not frequently mic bass cabs, but when I do I know that this will give me the most consistent sound, and one that will fit very well into the mix with little editing. Overall I suggest this mic to anyone tracking low frequency sources like Kick, floor tom, and bass cabinets. It will give you a great sound live or in the studio. Thanks, and keep rockin!
Music background: 12+ years of exp with drums, guitars, and recording

Great for Vocal Percussion

Speaking for the a cappella nerds out there, I'd like to add that this mic is probably the best live vocal percussion (beatbox) mic on the market (it's only other major competition is the Shure Beta 58). It's frequency response is very well-suited for bringing out the bass of the lower frequencies, while still giving you plenty of attack. Plus, the scooped mids make things like snare noises sound really warm and unobtrusive. And it's tough to beat the price tag.
Music background: ITB A Cappella

Love this mic

I play bass in a metal band and most guys now are using triggers, but the D6 gives you the sound metal bands are looking for, yea it's a bit clicky for other types of music but can get the job done.
Music background: Bass Player, Drummer, Engineer

Phenomenal microphone

This is an amazing kick mic. I have used it hem for about 10 years now and I don't like any other kick mic. Audix makes the best mics.
Music background: Sound engineer, recording engineer, musician

Effortlessly great sound!

I just opened the box, threw mic by the kick without any concern for placement, recorded a short drum beat, and was blown away when I cam back into the control room to hear it. With pretty much zero effort, I had this huge, thunderously bassy kick sound. Easily the best kick mic I've ever heard.
Music background: Producer/Engineer - Triton Studios

Sweetwater Advice

David Stewart

Great for getting that hard rock kick sound where the mids are scooped out. Excellent at articulating the click from the beater.

AJ Becerra

I have been playing drums for almost 20 years and the D6 is hands down the best sounding kick mic I have ever heard. It capures the perfect amount of beater click and low end thump and it takes virtually no EQ to get a great sound. If you're looking for a no-nonsense kick mic that can stand up to daily abuse on the road or in the studio, you need to get a D6!

Dan VanAmerongen

The Audix D6 is one of my "go to" mics, both on stage and in the studio. It has a great presence that really brings the kick forward in the mix.

Matt Emick

The D6 rocks. It lets you spend less time on EQ and gives you a great rock kick tone right out of the box. I often pair it with a TLM 103 at the end of a packing blanket tunnel to get some true rock 'n' roll thump.
See also: Dynamic Mics, Audix, Audix Dynamic Microphones