|Project by Anthony||posted 09-28-2015 12:09 AM||1575 views||1 time favorited||5 comments|
It has been awhile since I have been able to post, I moved and my shop was in storage for quite some time. I am finally back up and running on a limited basis.
This project came out of a night of drinking with the drummer (and fellow woodworker) from my band Edge Piece. While paging through a music instrument and equipment catalog we came across a production model subkick microphone, we had used one in the studio when we recorded our first album and liked the sound. We got to talking and this is what came out of our discussion.
Before I go into the project itself let me explain what a subkick microphone is and how it works. Essentially it is a speaker that is mounted in a drum shell or often just attached to a mic stand with no shell at all. The speaker is attached to a mic cable and wired in reverse so it acts as a large diaphragm microphone, excelling in picking up low frequency sounds such as those on a kick drum.
I chose to make mine out of select pine as it is a prototype and I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on it until I found out if it worked or not. I had two brand new 6” speakers that I had gotten for another project that never happened and I used one of them for the mic. The shell is simply 6 pieces of pine cut to the same length with 30 degree angle cuts to form the shell shape. To strengthen the shell I used a jig I had made several years ago that allowed me to drill holes for dowels. I also built an adjustable height stand to mount the mic to and will allow me to place the mic at the optimum height in front of different sized drums and bass cabinets. The finish is simply a spray lacquer.
I have tried some small sample recordings using a Djembe drum and am pleased with the smooth low end. Here is a link of the test.
-- Anthony - "The blacksmith and the artist, reflect it in their art. They forge their creativity, closer to the heart"