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Randall May internal drum mics?

Discussion in 'Backline' started by AllanD, Jan 6, 2013.

  1. AllanD

    AllanD boom tap boom-boom tap

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    Skip to 14:30. Jesus those toms and snares have some CRAZY attack. Anyone have any experience with this system?
     
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  2. JonWormwood

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    I think you mean 11;15 when all the playing is happening?
     
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    Sounds sick! But I'm a bit weary about the installation..... You screw the mounts to the shells?

    Love the PISS out of those quick splash/chinas! Really need to talk our drummer into getting one.
     
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    The attack comes more from the mics being so close to where the stick hits them than from them being inside the drum.

    It sounds good but I can do without having my tom mics practically pointed at the cymbals.

    A cool idea (which has been around for quite awhile) but like everything else it's full of tradeoffs.
     
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    HCL Holy Crap! Lions!

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    Sounds good but weird.
     
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    That floor tom is so sick.
     
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    I think it sounds very distorted (not sure if the video or the mics are to blame) and I can hear a bit of basket ball quality. That's a heavy trade off for just getting a bit more attack. Really not that impressed.
     
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    Agree - sounds distorted and not really cool...
     
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    And what if one of the mic loosening when you're playing? You have to unmount the shells to fix it, retune everything. When they are in the traditional position you know where they point so you can easilly fix them
     
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    Seems like a super pain in the ass.

    Plus, I'd imagine the mic being inside the drum is obstructing the sound a bit which probably isn't exactly a good thing.
     
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    Jeff Kelly from Kelly Shu has a new system hes just invented, better and less bulky / obstructive then the May system.... Its not quite ready just yet, but we have been testing the proto types.
     
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    +1
     
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    The may internal mic's have been around for forever they make all kind's of different one's with awesome mic element's built in. We stock them at my store I work at.
     
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    The toms sound good. The kick is distorted as fuck and ruins the impression.
    Also the way he keeps playing retarded tom fills makes them sound very annoying after a while. I like the sound. For studio stuff it could really make you say "listen to that tom sound" for a change.
     
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    I always listen for killer tom sounds. Not picking up the kick distortion, but I'm just using some cheapo headphones (mind you they're the best sounding cheapies I've ever had... Great mid detail, awesome low end).

    The kick sounds super smacky to me, which I dig. And the toms are fucking glorious. The mics being inside the drums, even pointed upwards, should isolate them from the cymbals, so no worries about that. Better to have a head between the mic and the cymbals, plus more distance than to have them right there under.

    I'd love to have some of these in a kit.... And I'd like to hear these in the mix. Yeah, there's some basketball-y stuff going on, but as we know, guitar tones in a mix sound great, but soloed are thin and shrill and nasty.
     
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    Sounds fucking awesome. Mounting them with screws is a different story. Perfect for a studio kit, but if a band brings their own shells etc. that would obviously be a problem. Those toms are fat as hell
     
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    When I watched the vids directly from Randall May, he said that you used the existing hardware screw holes/vents to mount the stuff. No modification needed if you get the right model.
     
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    I dunno...to me it sounds like the sound is coming mostly from the overheads and/or camaramic, honestly.
    Not really sure if I like how that sounds...can't imagine you'd be able to hear anything from those toms in a mix
    but maybe its just a weird mix
     
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    Holy attack balls batman!! Fuck :p
     

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