hey can you take a bass amp and your bass drum

ddrumkid92

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Hey I was just wondering if it's possible to mic the bass drum with a mic that is plugged into a bass amp? This question sounds stupid but my friends say you can.
 

scrubs

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ddrumkid92":3oo0pqlw said:
Hey I was just wondering if it's possible to mic the bass drum with a mic that is plugged into a bass amp? This question sounds stupid but my friends say you can.
I'm a little confused by your question.

1) Is it possible to plug a microphone into a bass amp? - Yes, you can plug a dynamic microphone into an amplifier, but there will be a signal/impedance mismatch, as there is a difference between the output level of a microphone compared to an electric instrument pickup. However, I don't know why you would do this with a bass drum. It would be better to run the mic on the kick drum into a microphone preamp on your PA if it is not loud enough.

2) Your friend might be talking about using a speaker as a microphone, which can also be done, but it requires wiring the speaker in reverse. A speaker is very similar to a moving coil dynamic microphone, in that it has a diaphragm (cone) and a big magnet. If you put the speaker in front of your bass drum and wire it to a microphone preamp, you can record the drum. This is the principle behind the Yamaha Subkick. You can also do this with headphones - plug them into a microphone input and yell into the earpiece - it will transmit sound. Kinda cool and lo-fi.
 
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