Review: Audix D2
Positives:GREAT tom mic, solid construction.
Negatives:One trick pony
Have you ever found a microphone that did the EQ job for you? I have, and this is it for toms. The Audix D2 is a tiny little dynamic mic that was built with percussion in mind. Build like a tank, the body and grille can take quite a bit of abuse and still perform like a champ. The small chassis is perfect for placing the mic out of striking distance from drummers (and other percussion players, ala bongos, congas, djembes, etc etc). The clip is just as well put together as the mic featuring a metal set thumb screw and really rugged (almost too rugged) plastic clip to hold the mic by its hind quarter. The frequency response curve looks about exactly how I would wind up EQ my toms (typical DJ smile lookin thing) but with the bottom and top boost in places that make sense. The low end peaks about 150hz and gradually rolls off from there, perfect for getting rid of that mud and bleed from the kick. Although the manufacturer says its good for floor tom, I personally wouldnt suggest it because of the roll off, depending on how the drum is tunes, you may wind up cutting out the real voice of the drum and wind up with a wimpy sounding floor. The oly down side really to this mic, is its lack of versatility, though, anyone purchasing this mic is probably making the purchase with the intent of using it on toms anyway and not thinking, “Hey, I can use this on voice too…”.