Internal Kick Microphone Mounting Systems
The Other Shu’s Dropped
Enter a newcomer, the Kelly Shu. Currently, this mount is available only for the kick drum. The Kelly Shu mounts in the kick via a series of elastic cords, hooks, and clips — a design that would make Rube Goldberg proud. It essentially turns the drum into one big microphone shock mount. Positioning is no problem; one can tweak it by lengthening and shortening the elastic cords (see Fig. C, shown without a mounted mike). By far, the coolest thing about this system is that it can be mounted on the outside of the kick, in front of the resonate head. This is a popular mike placement (Fig. D) that can’t be achieved with the May internal mount. As a big bonus, in both the internal and external mounting configurations, the drum can be put in its case with the mount still attached! Love it!
In addition to giving a bit of extra room, installing either of these two internal microphone systems has other pluses. On the practical side, the control over microphone choice is yours — it no longer defaults to what is left over in the mike box. If your experiences are anything like mine, this orphaned mike is usually an SM-58 that’s been dropped, poked, prodded, spit on, and relentlessly smacked by seemingly everyone this side of the Atlantic. (Not that a SM-58 is a bad mike, just not my first choice for a kick drum.) With either of these internal miking systems you’ll notice that sound-people instantly become your friends — you have just made their life easier.
This added love is especially evident when you have a universally accepted pro-level mike on the internal mount. Remember, when the sound folk are your friends, the monitor mix and front-of-house sound is miraculously better! Both mounting systems’ retail prices begin around $150 (without the mike). If you ever mike your drums, do yourself a huge favor and get one of these internal mounting systems.
May System: http://dwdrums.com/may/
Kelly Shu: http://kellyshu.com/