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Gigbag: November 2003

Evans Min-EMAD

These little doodads reduce unwanted resonance from a drum kit with the power of Velcro. Put a Velcro dot on a drum head and one on its counterhoop, then bridge them together with the fabric strip and listen. Overtones disappear. The closer you attach the dot to the center of the head, the more sound waves you’ll quell. Wild kits can be tamed, and drums of disparate brands and vintages can be better blended. Min-EMADs come in six-packs with Velcro dots in three sizes for different levels of dampening.

Sennheiser MZH 604 Clamp

Sennheiser straightened out the bowed back of the old MZH 504 rim-mounting mike clamp and found that the mod made for more realistic and intense signal from the drum mikes it was built for-the Evolution 604 and MD 504. The new design pulls the mike’s diaphragm further from the center of the drumhead, resulting in less mud and more nuances. Additionally, the new clamp keeps its mike out of the drumsticks’ way.

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