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Velcome to ze "Tips 'n' Tricks" bit - Here's a variety of tips from all areas of studio, midi & live work. The emphasis here is not just about tricks to get sounds, but also ideas to save money or time.

But surely YOU have soom real cool tips to share with your comrades in arms of the music world?! - Feel free to add your own money-saving or technique tips!

Check out some of the Tips below, or add your own & hey!... don't forget, there are plenty of FX-Tips in the Articles section too!

   


44 - How to get a cheap quality kik drum mike to handle high SPL's        

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Date: 04-Apr-99


Kik drums produce massive SPL's ( sound pressure levels )....Just try puttin your head in one while a drummer plays.......what ?...what ?!...WHAT ?!!!....SAY THAT AGAIN, I CAN'T HEAR YOOOOO..!!!! ( yeah right ! )
Also kik drums create lots of loooow bass frequencies. That's why the mic's are so friggin expensive.... They have to handle that shit.

Now TANDY or as their known in the states RADIO SHACK, make a cheap clone PZM mic, ( pressure zone mic ). Guess what..? PZM's have a flat frequency response, from 20 to 20K. Also they can handle high SPL's....! So they can handle the volume, and get tha bass......AND......( you guessed it ) they're piss-cheap.!

I saw this done by the guy who produced GO WEST, can't remember his name. OK..... He was using a brand name PZM costing hundreds of pounds, but the TANDY mic's are just about the same. Trouble is everyone says they're not, and that they're crap, and they're wrong, and I'll tell you why....
TANDY PZM's have a little battery compartment in the cable, it LOOKS like it takes a 1.5V AA battery, BUT IT DON'T !!....It's supposed to take a special, really expensive 9V AA SIZED battery. So people ram in a 1.5 V one and then wonder why it sounds like shit..OK.?...OK.

So this is what the GO WEST guy did..... You take the PZM, and gaffa tape it REAL well, to something REEEEEL solid, like a steel table mic base or an old butchers scale weight ( THIS IS IMPORTANT ). Then you stick it in the kik drum...VOILA.

Now heres an extra tip for ya.....How NOT to have to buy the very expensive special 9V AA sized batteries.
Open the battery case on the PZM, and get a 9V PP3 connector from the shop.....( Oh, OK...you can open the case AFTER you been to the shop if you like ! ) The connectors are a few pence/cents. It's just a plastic tab with 2 clip contacts and 2 trailing wires. One +, and one - .

Solder the trailing wires to the terminals inside the PZM battery case, then make a little cut in the edge of the slide-on case cover with a hobby knife, so you can close it with the wires coming out to the clip.
Simple eh ?.......just connect up a normal CHEAP 9V PP battery, secure it to the case with a thick rubber band, and off you go.........

They're bloody good mikes for the money those PZM's. Brilliant for group backing vocals, cos they pick up the same volume from any direction. So your BV's don't have to go into a huddle to get a take.

Also........( God, I'm good to you ).....ANOTHER PZM TIP.....

You can unscrew the backing plate, which leaves you with a tiny condenser capsule.....Try sticking it with BLU-TACK to the inside of the end of a sax......Watch as your overjoyed sax player goes into meaningful expressive convulsions whilst soloing happily away

Great for live shows, ( but try something stronger than BLU-TACK, like gaffa tape ) Also good for acoustic guitars and violins etc.........

Enjoy !!


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