While it might be more common to see a dynamic mic on a kick drum, in this shootout we’ve put three LDCs to the test with a little help from pro audio specialist David Barrett. The contenders include:  The Neumann U 47, the Bock Audio iFET, and the Soyuz SU-019. To compare the LDCs to a dynamic, we put a Shure Beta 52A inside the drum, while the LDCs are placed outside. 

The three LDCs chosen for this shootout are mics that have come through Sound Pure Studios that we feel really passionate about and feel we can recommend with no reservations, whether you’re just getting started with a home studio or adding to your recording studio collection.

Can you tell which LDC is which? Does a clear winner stand out to you?

Once you’re ready for the answers, shoot us an email at shootoutresults@soundpure.com, or give us a call at (919) 682-5552 (you can also reach out to us on Facebook). Also, every mic in this shootout is available for our Try Before You Buy demo program, so you can do some testing for yourself with no obligation to purchase.

The Contenders

Neumann U 47

Bock Audio iFET

Soyuz SU-019

Why Do We Do Our Shootouts Blind?

Good question! In our own experience as recording engineers and musicians, we’ve found we have unconscious biases that favor one microphone, preamp, instrument, etc. over another based merely on preconceptions and brand associations. We’re often surprised at the results and want to present that same unbiased listening opportunity for you.

Also, we hope you request the hi res files, because YouTube compression affects the audio considerably. And, last but not least, we want to help you purchase the right gear for your exact needs and setup. This is a shootout on one specific recording application, and it can give you some great info, but the devil is in the details! We specialize in the details and are here to assist you with your choice.