Review: AKG D112
Positives:big heavy thick sound with a nice smack in the face at the top end, ultra rugged!
Negatives:Not very good for jazz.... :-P
Got Kick!? This thing certainly does. The AKG D112. A stage and studio mainstay for well over a decade, this “Egg” has set the standard for hard rock/metal drum sounds both on and off the stage. A “tank like” construction job means this mic can take a licking and keep on kicking, though if it’s been in use as a live venue mic, I wouldn’t recommend licking it… roadies are quite dirty! Ringing the cash register at just under $200, this mic is well within reach for any studio or live drummer that wants that deep yet slappy kick (and floor tom) sound. But is that all it’s good for? Low pitched drums? HELL NO! Bass players will also find this mic a godsend, especially those slap and pick players that want that nice sharp attack. Lower pitched horns (tuba, trombone) will also benefit greatly from this mic’s abilities.
This is a large diaphragm DYNAMIC mic, so no phantom power needed here. The mic can handle an astounding 160db SPL and excels at capturing 100hz and below. There is a sharp frequency boost around the 3-4k range (manufacturer claims 4k but the 2 I own seem to have their bump a little lower). Cardioid pickup pattern is great at rejecting rear sources. The element has a humbucking coil which makes this mic very quiet when not being punished.