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DM-1B

Classy condenser microphone perfectly suited to kick drum and bass instruments

ABOUT DM-1B

The Sontronics DM-1B is a large-diaphragm condenser microphone originally designed for kick drum during a three-year project that also resulted in our DM-1S for snare and DM-1T for tom tom.

 

Developed with the help of top producers, recording engineers and drummers, all three microphones have become must-have tools for anyone serious about capturing that perfect drum sound, whether for live performance or in the studio.

 

Thanks to its incredible sensitivity and its ability to handle high sound pressure levels of up to 155dB, DM-1B delivers outstanding results on kick drum, capturing all the attack, resonance and energy like nothing you’ve heard before!

 

DM-1B also sounds stunning when used with all kinds of bass instruments, from bass guitar cabinets and double bass to tenor sax and tuba.

DM-1B HIGHLIGHTS

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MADE FOR DRUMS

Designed especially

to get the best

from kick drums

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NO EQ REQUIRED

Perfectly tuned

for all kinds of

bass instruments

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HIGHLY

ACCLAIMED

A favourite with

top drummers

& reviewers too

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BRITISH CLASS

Designed and

made here at

Sontronics HQ

"DM-1B sounds absolutely brilliant, right out of the box, with no need for any EQ. All the power and punch you could ask for!"

Pete Parada, Drummer (My Chemical Romance, The Offspring)

DM-1B is honed, both inside and out, to handle all the power of your kick drum and bass instruments

GETTING THE BEST RESULTS

The DM-1B is an ‘end-fire’ microphone meaning its cardioid capsule faces out of the top end of the mic. To get the best possible sound from your kick drum, this end should be placed facing the front head of the drum or even pushed slightly inside the soundhole.

 

Whether you’re using the DM-1B in a Glyn Johns-style mic set-up (see our Support page for more on drum miking advice) or using it together with DM-1S and DM-1T on snare and toms plus overhead or room mics, the DM-1B will reproduce all the energy you hear from your kick drum, wherever you are: on stage, at home or in a professional studio.

 

Positioned in front of your bass guitar cabinet or at the bell of your sax, bass clarinet or brass instrument, the DM-1B will sound sublime on all kinds of low-end sources, even male vocals too!

QUICK SET-UP GUIDE

The 'B' in DM-1B stands for 'bass' as the microphone has been designed to give amazing result on bass/kick drum as well as other bass instruments, including tenor/baritone sax, low brass, bass clarinet and bass guitar cabinets.

Sontronics DM-1B - ideal for kick drum
Sontronics DM-1B - ideal for percussion
Sontronics DM-1B - ideal for bass cabinets
Sontronics DM-1B - ideal for low brass
Sontronics DM-1B - ideal for low strings
"I used Sontronics DM-series drum mics with Flood at Assault & Battery Studios where we compared them to mics costing significantly more. We were blown away by how good they sounded."

Mark Rankin, Producer (Florence + The Machine, Plan B, Friendly Fires)

ALL ABOUT THE BASS

TECHNICAL SPECS

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MIC TYPE

Large-diaphragm

condenser

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POLAR PATTERN

Cardioid

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FREQ. RESPONSE

20Hz to 20kHz

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PAD

0dB, -15dB

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SENSITIVITY

-45dB ±2dB

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MAX. SPL

155dB (with -15dB

pad engaged)

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CONNECTOR

3-pin XLR

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POWER

Phantom power 48V

(±4V) required

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WEIGHT

829g

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DIMENSIONS

144 x 72 x 72mm

Click for the full list of technical specifications and frequency response graph

DM-1B REVIEWS

Sound On Sound review of Sontronics DM-1B

Sound On Sound

December 2011

Pro Tools Expert video review of Sontronics DM-1B

Pro Tools Expert

video review

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Rhythm Magazine review of Sontronics DM-1B

Rhythm Magazine

August 2012
AWARD

Music Radar

May 2011

Paul Annis video review of Sontronics DM-1B

Paul Annis

video review

September 2011

Accordo review of Sontronics DM-1B and other Sontronicsmics

Accordo

(in Italian)

May 2013

Recording Magazine review of Sontronics DM-series mics

Recording Magazine

January 2015

Drummer Magazine review of Sontronics DM-series microphones

Drummer Magazine

October 2011

"DM-1B is a brilliant microphone that performs exceptionally in a variety of settings. When considering price against performance, The Pro Audio Web Blog cannot rate DM-1B highly enough so we gladly award it with our Editor's Choice award and a full 5/5 rating."

John Davis, The Pro Audio Web Blog

PROTECT YOUR DM-1B

Like all our microphones, the DM-1B is covered by our unique Lifetime Warranty. To find out more details or to activate the warranty on your own Sontronics mic, click the link below.

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