Subkick Drum Microphone

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Project by Anthony posted 09-28-2015 12:09 AM 2992 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It has been awhile since I have been able to post, I moved and my shop was in storage for quite some time. I am finally back up and running on a limited basis.

This project came out of a night of drinking with the drummer (and fellow woodworker) from my band Edge Piece. While paging through a music instrument and equipment catalog we came across a production model subkick microphone, we had used one in the studio when we recorded our first album and liked the sound. We got to talking and this is what came out of our discussion.

Before I go into the project itself let me explain what a subkick microphone is and how it works. Essentially it is a speaker that is mounted in a drum shell or often just attached to a mic stand with no shell at all. The speaker is attached to a mic cable and wired in reverse so it acts as a large diaphragm microphone, excelling in picking up low frequency sounds such as those on a kick drum.

I chose to make mine out of select pine as it is a prototype and I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on it until I found out if it worked or not. I had two brand new 6” speakers that I had gotten for another project that never happened and I used one of them for the mic. The shell is simply 6 pieces of pine cut to the same length with 30 degree angle cuts to form the shell shape. To strengthen the shell I used a jig I had made several years ago that allowed me to drill holes for dowels. I also built an adjustable height stand to mount the mic to and will allow me to place the mic at the optimum height in front of different sized drums and bass cabinets. The finish is simply a spray lacquer.

I have tried some small sample recordings using a Djembe drum and am pleased with the smooth low end. Here is a link of the test.

-- Anthony - "The blacksmith and the artist, reflect it in their art. They forge their creativity, closer to the heart"

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#1 posted 09-28-2015 12:41 AM

Ah yes very good work Anthony.

Just the thing to be testing after a night of drinking as well!!
Enough to vibrate your wing nuts off!!
Sorry could not help myself !!

-- Regards Rob

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#2 posted 09-28-2015 01:12 AM

Awesome job, Anthony.

A few years back I did some worship stuff in Kansas City and the drummer had a SubKick. They’re great and yours is better because you (and beer) made it. Nice work!

-- Thank you Lord for the passion and ability to make things from your creation.

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#3 posted 09-28-2015 01:14 AM

Man that works good!! I did not know you could hook a speaker in revers like that! I learned something new today…worth getting up today!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 09-28-2015 05:01 AM

Thanks for the video. It does work well, the drum beats felt “live”, I could even feel the vibration. Very cool.

-- Rick M,

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#5 posted 09-28-2015 10:53 PM

I’m in agreement with Jim and Rick….Great sound from that little speaker…thanks for sharing a pretty cool twist in using a speaker !

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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