Microphone Type: Dynamic
Polar Pattern: Cardioid
Frequency Response: 20kHz-17kHz
Impedance: 210 ohms
Max. SPL: 160dB
Includes mic clip
A lot of people really love this mic on the kick drum, but against my Beta 52, I don't have as much love for it. The mic can sound great, but it needs quite a bit of EQing to get it to sound the way I usually like, and it's much more picky about its placement. Though it has a higher frequency range than the Shure, the natural EQ of the mic doesn't tend to sit as well in a mix for me, and I often have to dial in a little more mid-range to get the "click" to sound more full and less puny.
On a bass cab, however, I absolutely LOVE this mic. Not sure what it is about this thing, but it just sounds fantastic on bass amps. It's not often that I'm micing bass amps, but when I do, the D112 is always the mic I try first; on very rare occasion do I ever even try a different mic. The D112 just works on bass.
The AKG D112 is a great dynamic microphone. I've used it both in a live and recording setting, but mostly in a recording setting. I use it mostly on kick drums, but also bass guitar amps. The design and low frequency response make it easy to place around or inside or a kick drum or right up easy the grill of a bass amp.
I've had the AKG D112 for about 4 years now. When I got it I also got the Shure Beta 52A so that I could have a shootout with the two and see which one I liked best as my kick drum mic. I choose the D112 because to me it gives a tighter sound. I also love the design of it as it is easy to set up and place. The D112 and the Beta 52a are pretty much the industry standards for kick drum, and in my own experience it seems that I've seen the D112 used more in the studio setting than the 52a. As far as price goes, it isn't overly expensive and is the price you must pay if you want a quality dynamic mic like this. If you are serious about recording drums I would strongly consider looking into this microphone for the kick drum.
The classic! This is the mic you need on kick drum. It gets all the low end, doesn't distort, and has a nice peak in the mids to get the "click." It sounds as good on stage as in the studio. It's also very sensitive to placement, so you can get a lot of different sounds just by moving it around in relation to the drum or beater.
You can also, obviously, use this to mic a bass amp, and this gets good (though not as versatile) results. The mid-peak that sounds so good on kick drum gives you a very aggressive sounding sound on electric bass guitar. It sounds weird, I know, but I actually feel like you get a warmer, smoother sound on bass guitar using an SM57.
Here's the real surprise, though: this thing sounds *great* on electric guitar. There isn't that much low frequency information coming from the guitar amp, so you're not really using the full range of what the mic is capable of, but the mid punch combined with fullness is exactly what you want from rhythm guitar tone. The D112 is my secret weapon for recording the non-lead guitar.
It does what it's supposed to do (kick drum, bass) and some of what it isn't (electric guitar) really well. There's still things I want to try it on, like maybe combining it with a small-diaphragm condenser on acoustic guitar solo.
The AKG D112 can be used in either a live or studio setting. It is commonly utilized for the kick drum, but I have had much success in using it to mic my bass cabinet to run either into the PA system or for recording. This a uni-directional microphone that can be placed directly in front of the impact point on the bass drum without be overdriven. The familiar egg shaped design can be recognized almost instantly as a vital component to any live or studio sound artillery.
I have been using the D112 for around three years. It is very durable, and never breaks up when faced with a strong bass drum or bass guitar signal. That is what I like most about the microphone - what more could one ask? It replicates sound extremely well, with clarity and punch. I have not used any of the comparable microphones that are on the market, because the D112 is known to be the industry standard. Given the durability of the product, and the excellent results that it produces, I believe it to be a great value for anyone serious about replication of bass drum or guitar tones for live or studio purposes. If mine were stolen or lost, you can be sure that I would be pulling together my resources to purchase a new one. As a steadily working musician, I could not begin to count the number of D112's that I have seen on stage or in the studio over the years. The fact that its use is so widespread amongst working musicians and studio owners speaks volumes about the product. Additionally, AKG is one of the most respected names in the industry, and has been producing fantastic microphones for at least 50 years. Obviously, I would have no problem in recommending this microphone to anyone, and also have no problem in giving it a perfect score on this review.