Always carry around a bass drum mic, just in case

Last night one of my bands was playing a show in a dive bar.  I was horrified to find that the sound guy had a Sure SM57 microphone for the kick drum.  Anyone who has used even radio shack microphones knows that 57’s are for snare or guitar, and would totally suck for miking a kick drum.  When I asked about the mic he said,

That’s what we always use.

Fortunately for me, I always carry round some mics in my hardware case for my drum kit.  I was able to whip out a great kick drum mic and a stand for it, and the sound of the kick drum through their system was far better than it would have with a 57.

Always carry around a bass drum mic, just in case.

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