I've used AKG C419 before, and I think that one sounds good, but they're discontinued and I can't find one now. The D5400 LB s designed for extreme loud live productions and delivers a natural, but more “dry” and “woodish” sound response in comparison to the “Studio/Live” model. It works really well and I now play in most situations with a mic rather than a pickup (Jazz). Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, someone told a recording engineer that all of the good sound in an upright bass came from the f-hole, and that a microphone should be placed only inches away from this magic place. I record upright bass a lot. Their cartridges are tuned to pick up low frequencies, so many of them can also double as microphones for bass amps, heavy brass, acoustic guitars, and, in some cases, even vocals. Other suggestions are welcome. Are there other good (and preferrably cheap) clip-on mics that you can attach to the bass? Mic for Live upright bass. It obviously depends on the music and the venue -- but nothing sounds more natural, when amplifying or recording your bass, than a microphone. Can anyone recommend some good clip-on mics for upright bass. I've tried in the past to use more than one mic but never got anything I wanted to use and always ended up with a single mic. Lately, I've got great sound from a single MC930 12"-20" in front of the center of one of the F holes. I always have to do some very corrective EQ on the notes that stick out. A microphone that will make your guitar solos sound beautiful might make your bass sound terrible. What about Audio-Technica ATM350, Shure Beta 98H/C, Audix Micro-D, ATM S25B (expensive)? jzzbassman #1; 12 years ago . Good mic technique is critical to capture this subtle and beautiful instrument. Using mic's such as Royer 122's and 121's, along with AKG 414's and also even strangely condenser microphones normally for vocals. The “LB” model represents the highest suppression of ambiente sound-sources ever achieved by a condenser microphone. When … Recording bass guitars, just like recording bass drums are a deeper, lower sound than other guitars, pianos or keyboards and most other instruments, and as such finding a microphone for bass sounds means finding one with a good response to these lower frequencies. … Using multiple different microphones on one upright bass will bring out more possibilities. I have a device (the Livebass H-clamp) which allows me to mount a mic on my upright bass. By Justin Peacock . D5400 LB for Double bass/Upright Bass. Right now I am using an old AKG C3000 (not the C3000b). Whether you're looking to capture the sound of your kick drum live on stage or in a studio setting, the bass mics on our list will provide you with the means to hear that desirable punch and resonance.