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Universal Audio SD-5 Dynamic Microphone with Hemisphere Modeling


Universal Audio SD-5 Dynamic Microphone with Hemisphere Modeling


Manufacturer's Description

Get thunderous kick drum and bass tones.

Universal Audio’s SD-5 is a supercardioid dynamic microphone for kick drums and bass amps featuring Hemisphere mic modeling technology, high SPL tolerance, and included accessories.

Easily capture all the punch and heft of your kick drums, bass amps, and anything else where extended low-end is required. A classic dynamic mic with a supercardioid polar pattern, high SPL handling, and best-in-class Hemisphere mic modeling — SD-5 gives you pro sound, no matter where you record.

Key Benefits

  • Get studio-quality kick drum and bass recordings with a UA-designed dynamic modeling microphone
  • Harness the authentic sound of the most popular microphones ever made with Hemisphere mic modeling technology
  • Get pristine results in any environment, from pro rooms and home studios to stages
  • Find your perfect sound with ease using filter, proximity, and axis controls

Record Through Five Workhorse Kick Mics

SD-5 is powered by the same mic modeling technology found in Universal Audio’s award-winning UA Sphere microphones. With the included Hemisphere Mic Collection, it’s the only dynamic modeling mic that gives you the authentic sound of famous dynamics from Shure, Audix, and AKG.*

A Modeling Mic That Works for You

SD-5 and the included Hemisphere Mic Collection plug-in work with or without UA hardware, and go way beyond subtle EQ curves to give you precise control over filter, proximity, and axis — an industry first. Just set up SD-5 and use the plug-in to quickly find that “sweet spot” for your kick drum or bass amp.

Easily Capture Your Best Bass Sounds

Universal Audio fine-tuned the supercardioid polar pattern on SD-5 for use on stage or in the studio. And with its ultra-high SPL capability and exceptional isolation, you’ll capture all the thump, tone, and transients in your instrument without bleeding from other sources.

Add a Pro Mic with Vintage Style

With all-metal construction, retro styling, and hand-selected capsules, SD-5 gives you a trusted companion to reliably capture valuable low-end frequencies for decades of solid performance.

Included Hemisphere Mic Models

  • DN-12A: Based on a popular dynamic microphone dating back to the 1950’s — this model is favored by producer/engineer John Leckie (Radiohead, Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd), who often uses a 12 model alongside a 421 on kick drums.**
  • DN-112: This Austrian-made kick drum microphone is now considered an industry standard. Used on countless Hip-Hop and Rock records, it has extended low frequency capture with clear top end presence for beater attack.
  • DN-6: The DN-6 model is based on an American kick drum mic that has become a go-to for studio recording. With its deep bass and heavily contoured sound, it works especially well for tight, syncopated Metal genres.
  • DN-52: The DN-52 model is based on a current production version of the American 52-style kick drum microphone. This model provides extended low frequency capture, and an overall balanced sound useful on nearly any kick drum or bass instrument.
  • DN-SUB: The DN-SUB model is based on a studio trick which uses a full-range speaker driver wired-in-reverse for extended sub frequency capture. Many engineers will blend this sound along with a traditional mic for adding weight to kick drums and bass cabinets — now an easier task with just a single mic and the Hemisphere plug-in.

Key Features

  • Compact dynamic microphone for kick drums, bass amps, and other low-end sources
  • Get the sounds of popular kick drum mics with Hemisphere mic modeling
  • Supercardioid polar pattern rejects off-axis sounds while maintaining low frequency presence
  • Hand-selected dynamic capsules to handle extreme SPL
  • Includes integrated standmount and storage pouch
  • Rugged all-metal construction and stylish UA craftsmanship


  • Microphone Type: Dynamic
  • Polar Pattern: Supercardioid
  • Frequency Range: 20 Hz - 15 kHz
  • Sensitivity: -64 dB (0 dB = 1V/Pa @ 1 kHz)
  • Output Impedance: 50 Ohms
  • Connector: 3-Pin XLRM
  • Included Accessory: Integrated standmount w/ angle adjustment, "⅝" to ⅜" thread adapter, storage pouch
  • Dimensions: 4.06"(103.2 mm) length, 5.61" (142.6 mm)
  • Weight: 1.6 lbs (727 g)