Scott Green has been tinkering with drums since 2002, and launched Gas Custom Drums in 2007. Scott is a highly respected auto electrician, and his work on high-performance show cars has gained him a reputation for finesse and attention to detail. These skills have seen Scott become a leader in the design and manufacture of world-class acrylic drums. Scott is a recording enthusiast and Beatles Fan. He drew inspiration from the bands use of Reverse diaphragm speaker technology to capture some of their most prolific work. This led him to develop and build the Gas Bass MCM.
THE RUN DOWN
Without getting too technical, the Gas Bass MCM is a low-frequency capture device. It helps to capture and enhance the low-end frequency of your kick drum. Here's how it works. The sound from your kick drum strikes the diaphragm. The concave nature of the cone creates a smooth response (sensitivity of 89db). This causes the coil to vibrate within a magnetic field, thus creating an electrical impulse. The 6.5" MCM (Moving Coil Microphone) captures the low-end frequencies that fall in the 44hz - 7khz range. These are not traditionally captured by a normal kick drum microphone. You then blend this with your other microphones and your kick drum sounds AMAZING!
HOW DOES IT GO?
We road tested the Gas Bass MCM at Head Gap studios over the weekend and got some great results. We tested it on a 22" kick drum tuned for commercial playing. It produced an almost 808 like sound gave the kick drum sound so much more depth of character and low-end. The sound was rewarding and full and was so easy to achieve. As soon as we removed it we missed it. I loved the way it sounded, and started to see the value in the unit and the technology. The unit offers something uniquely different for drummers, studio engineers and recording artists. Its amazing looks add an exciting visual element to any drum kit, and your kick drum will never sound so good!
Pick up a Gas Bass MCM for only $569, a once off offer running until the end of April – exclusive to Mixdown Magazine. For more info on Gas Drums, visit gascustomdrums.com, or email Scott Green at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hits and Misses
Would prefer it if the mount was free standing and not attached to the hoop. Scott tells us this is possible with a tom arm and a base of a cymbal stand.