Internal Kick Microphone Mounting Systems

Kick Mic Mounting

FIG. C

Kick Mic Mounting

FIG. D

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!

Mikey Wisdom

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/

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