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Unread 06-21-2012, 12:17 PM   #1
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Yamaha sub-kick

Does anyone here use a Yamaha subkick microphone?

If so, how do you like it? If not, do you use something else to get that wonderfully low sound that I hear every time I go to another venue and they're using a Yamaha subkick?

We're currently using a Shure PG52 on our kick. The kick is properly tuned and tweaked to make a decent enough sound and I've got the res. head ported (off-center) and we've got a pair of JBL 18" subs powered by a hefty QSC PLX amp, but the overall sound of the kick drum is just not happening to my ears.
Before we chase some other components I want to investigate the SubKick to see if it might help us.

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Unread 06-21-2012, 12:28 PM   #2
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Try putting a 10" driver in front of the kick wired to an XLR, and see if you like it. Aside from the nice shell and mount, that's all you're really doing with the subkick. You could try a speaker in an enclosure, but a raw speaker will work better for placement. If you like it, then the subkick might be the direction to go.

I'd also try a blend of mics, maybe a PZM or boundary mic inside to get the low end, with the beta 52 getting the attack.


what is the rest of the signal chain on the bass drum? Compression? subs on a send or just crossed over with the mains?
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Unread 06-21-2012, 02:42 PM   #3
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Try putting a 10" driver in front of the kick wired to an XLR, and see if you like it. Aside from the nice shell and mount, that's all you're really doing with the subkick. You could try a speaker in an enclosure, but a raw speaker will work better for placement. If you like it, then the subkick might be the direction to go.
I did see a video for a diy subkick, so that is an option...

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I'd also try a blend of mics, maybe a PZM or boundary mic inside to get the low end, with the beta 52 getting the attack.
That's a possibility, too. I'll have to go buy a PZM, though...

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what is the rest of the signal chain on the bass drum? Compression? subs on a send or just crossed over with the mains?
PG52 - A&H GL3800 - comp. on insert - subwoofer subgroup (send idk?) - Biamp Audiaflex router - QSC PLX amp - JBL subs
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