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Yamaha SKRM100 SubKick Bass Drum Microphone

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Product Description

The Yamaha SKRM100 Subkick Bass Drum Microphone delivers the most amazing kick drum sound you've ever had! Yamaha took a 6.5-inch speaker and shock-mounted it into a 10-inch drum shell and reverse-wired it to an XLR jack to convert the speaker diaphragm into a microphone diaphragm. This allows Subkick to pick up the low-end that a normal microphone can't. Mounting the speaker into the shell focuses the sound to direct the signal into the diaphragm. Using that shell makes the Subkick as easy to use on the road as it is in the studio and it looks great with any drum kit.

The Subkick features a 10-inch woofer which is shockmounted inside a 7-ply Maple shell and covered with 10-inich black mesh heads. The drum shell focuses sound waves in a strong, directional pattern through the speaker.

The Mesh heads, although sonically invisible to those frequencies, add a small amount of sustain to the sound. In combination with the resonance of the drum shell, the speaker produces an incredible sub-frequency sound, with plenty of punch and controlled thickness, and without the phasing problems often associated with low end reproduction.

When used alone or in combination with a standard kick drum microphone, the Subkick will capture the full range of frequencies coming from the drum without EQ, compression, or any other signal processing. The Subkick also includes a standard XLR for easy connection, and does not require +48V Phantom power to operate.

Yamaha Subkick
I was looking for a way to capture the actual, uncolored sound of my kick drum, both on tape and live, explains Yamaha Drum artist Russ Miller, who designed the Subkick through his extensive work in professional recording situations. A kick drum mic placed in a common position really doesn't capture all the frequencies. I had the idea of combining some of the characteristics of a drum, and using a speaker as an extremely large microphone diaphragm together. The Subkick was born.

Subkick Batter Woofer
A diaphragm in a microphone is basically a small speaker that moves when Sound Pressure Levels pass through. The response of the mic to these sound waves is amplified, and that's how we hear instruments on tape or through a P.A. system. Standard loudspeakers have been used as microphone diaphragms before, but never in combination with the characteristics of a drum shell and mesh heads. That's what makes the Subkick the first of its kind.

The Yamaha SKRM100 Features Include:

    6.5-inch Speaker/Diaphragm

    10 x 5-inch Birch and Mahogany Shell

    Comes with specially designed stand
    Subkick has Yamaha's tom-mounting bracket mounted directly to the shell. This mounts to a CL-940 ball clamp that slides into the base of a double braced 800 series snare stand.

    Multiple Applications
    The flexibility of the stand allows you to use the SKRM-100 for a variety of applications in live or studio situations. It can be used in conjunction with an internal microphone on bass drums and floor toms, djembe, bass guitar cabinets, pianos... your imagination is the only limitation.

Product Specifications
Yamaha SKRM100 SubKick Bass Drum Mic Specifications
  • Size: 10 x 5 inches
  • Shell: Birch and Philippine Mahogany, 7-ply
  • Finish: Vintage Black
  • Hoops: Triple flange steel (1.6mm)
  • Lug: One-piece lug (6)
  • Heads: Mesh front and back with logo
  • Type: Dynamic
  • Weight:
    • Main unit: 4kg
    • Stand: 3kg
  • Polar Pattern: Bi-directional
  • Output Jack: XLR-3-32 (cannon) jack

Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  714-522-9000 Warranty:  7 Years: DSR, DXR, and DXS Speakers; 3 Years: Power Amps, Speakers; YDP, CP, N100, PF & P Series Digital Pianos
1 Year: Digital Mixers, Studio Monitors, Analog Consoles, Powered Mixers, Multi-Track Recorders, Digital Effect Processors, Signal Processors, Synthesizers, Drum Machines, Sequencers, Tone Modules, Portable Keyboards, Guitars, Drum Shells & Hardware, Drum Shell Finish.
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John "Bam Bam" Sherwood from Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
Ease of Use
I ordered 2, and the sound that comes from these SK100's is amazing.
Your general opinion of this product.
When I ordered these, I had only heard of "Sub-kicks". Now that I have them, I don't think I can go back to just a standard microphone for my Kicks. The Low end that comes from them is unbelievable.
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
The SK100 is a very solid and sturdy piece of equipment. Something you would expect from Yamaha.
Ease of Use
How easy is this product to use? How easy is the product to use with other products? Did it take long for you to learn to use this product? Was the manual helpful? How playable do you consider this product to be?
The Sk100 is so simple. You just plug it in, and you're on your way to extremely Heavy Low End. I am using these as a second Kick microphone, to catch the low end the other mics can't reproduce. The manual reads well, but having been a Sound Man for over 20 years, I only needed to skim over it to understand what the SK100's could do. These units are great for small venues, when you need the Punch, but at a low volume
What do you consider to be the best features of this product? What features would you add to this product if you could?
The Best feature is the shape. A 10x5" drum that simply mounts on a stand and is placed right next to the Kick head. Doesn't get in the way, or stick out like mini-boom stands do. I would add a changeable cover for the head that is viewed by the public. Some times you don't want black. Maybe add something that you can have silk screened w/ the band logo...
How is the tone?
The overall tone is great. With a good EQ, it's possible to reach low end that can surely induce nausea to the people in front of the Sub cabinets. Even shake a bottles across the table from 100 feet away. System power permitting.
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