Posts from March, 2009

Taye StudioMaple unboxing

Sunday, March 29th, 2009 | by matthew mcglynn

43 photos document the unpacking of a new Taye Studiomaple 6-piece drum kit in Green-Black Burst.

Posted in Drums, Photos | 7 Awesome Comments

NAMM Photos

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009 | by matthew mcglynn

Here are the highlights of my NAMM 2009 photos — Tama and Craviotto drums, mics from Cascade, Nady, Violet, AEA, Mojave, and some celebrity shots too. (Hey, we’re all fanboys inside, at least sometimes.)

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KickPort Review and Analysis

Monday, March 16th, 2009 | by matthew mcglynn

Hoping to prove that every recording studio should immediately buy two KickPorts to help record acoustic bass drums, I tested the device on my own drum and came away disappointed: five mics in three different positions couldn’t hear the expected improvement.

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Posted in Microphones, Technique, Video | 18 Awesome Comments

Exploring the edges of the mic database

Friday, March 13th, 2009 | by matthew mcglynn

Introducing the Zeitgeist page, which shows the extremes within the microphone database — the most popular mics, the least popular mics, the lowest-noise mics, the most-reviewed mics, and more.

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Kickport – EQ for Bass Drum

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009 | by matthew mcglynn

One of the coolest drumming products from NAMM 2009 was a simple plastic ring that can be inserted into the hole in the front head of a kick drum. Called the KickPort, it costs about $40 and turns the drum into a cannon. It’s a passive EQ for a bass drum.

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Posted in Reviews, Video | 3 Awesome Comments