This is the 2nd generation MONDO kick drum microphone from Avantone and a great deal of R&D effort has culminated in this rugged, great sounding mic. The Avantone MONDO kick drum offers a very aggressive frequency contour that sounds huge right out of the box, so most engineers will find little need for EQ. Each Avantone MONDO kick drum mic is die cast from zinc, with a brass and steel grill assembly. Aesthetically, each mic features an elegant Cabernet Wine-Red finish, accented with polished nickel trim and a black grill assembly. All components are designed and manufactured using the finest materials yielding a very solid feel, superb structural integrity and rugged reliability.
The Avantone MONDO features internal shockmounting on the capsule assembly to prevent the transmission of unwanted "rumble" from physical vibrations.
A unique feature of all Avantone drum mics is pair of machined insets on the barrel of the microphone body. These insets allow the O-rings of the SSM shockmount to "lock" the mic into place, which prevents mic shifting and slippage.
The included SSM shock mount is as rugged as you can find and allows for a superb decoupling of the mics from unwanted low-frequency transfer and rumble. This feature results in a much tighter, less muddy sound than other brands of drum mics. The O-rings are manufactured using a custom formula. The new world class Ethylene Propylene formula provides enormous resistance to breakage, resistance to surface nicks and remains supple and effective even against dry, hot temperatures. It is resistant to ozone and weathering, which makes it great for use around electronics devices, and maintains its physical properties even in a stretched condition. Each SSM is constructed of heavy-duty die-cast zinc, which is not only incredibly durable but also adds mass, which contributes to vibration dampening/decoupling.
The package is rounded out with a rugged custom-molded and padded case to safely store and transport your Avantone mic.
20Hz - 15kHz
Male XLR 3-pin
.5 kg (16 oz)
Cabernet / Black / Nickel
Only gave 4 stars, may give 5 later as it gets used more.
I have owned several Kick drum mic; and after hearing about the Avantone "Mondo" - I decided to try it. Having used the Shure Beta 52A, The Sennheiser E902, and the Audio Technica ATM 25 - I personally like the Mondo the best. Out of the box it seems to have the best sound ( for kick drums) and needs little if any eq work. I still use my Audio Technica ATM 25's also for kick drums - but the Mondo seems to have a little more punchy of a sound. This mic is a great value as it is cheaper than the others mics I use and have listed. It is also well made; and I love the shockmount.