The B-Band UKKO-S snare drum contact mic system is a remarkable way to capture the true tonality of your drum consistently, conveniently, and with extreme isolation. This system consists of two import... Click To Read More About This Product
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The B-Band UKKO-S snare drum contact mic system is a remarkable way to capture the true tonality of your drum consistently, conveniently, and with extreme isolation. This system consists of two important components: the UKKO DMS preamp, built with high-quality class-A electronics, and the UKKO DST2 Contact mic for superb tone. This system will work with any size snare drum, and gives you high-resolution sound, and easy setup!
This mic system was designed to be able to blend-in visually with the drum kit. That is why B-Band designed the DMS preamp to be chrome colored to match most drum hardware. It is an extremely lightweight system that does not add any noticeable weight to the drum, or get in the way while performing like most other drum mic systems. It also very robust and durable, and will endure rigorous touring.
Setting up and tearing down have never been this easy. The DST2 has an adhesive back that mounts easily and discreetly on the inside of the drum shell near the batter head. The DST2 lead wire is fed through the drum air hole to the DMS preamp. The preamp comes with two different mounting options: mounting at the air hole outside of the drum, or a rim clamp mounting. The air hole mounting option was specially designed to not interrupt the flow of air as the drum breathes. Being as the DMS preamp is so small in size, there is no need to remove it to put the drum in its case, leave it on and be ready for the next gig or studio session.
Inside the DMS preamp there are two mini switches that contour the sound for a choice of tone. One switch controls a +3dB mid boost at 500 Hz and the other is for a -6dB high cut.
Extreme isolation of each drum with no bleed from other drums
Mounts without modification to the drum
Reduces the need for audio gate effects
Two supplied mounting options for the DMS preamp
No need to position mics or mic stands; just plug a standard XLR cable into the preamp and play
Clean looks without the clutter of mic stands
Frequency response: 60Hz ” 35kHz (-3dB)
Phantom power required: 12 ” 50-volt
Output impedance: 200 ohm balanced
Weight: 52 g. / 74 g. with rim mount
Dimensions: 76 mm (3.00") / 48mm (1.90") / 40mm (1.60") without rim mount, 102mm (4.00") / 48mm (1.90") / 66mm (2.60")
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Comments about B-Band UKKO-S Single Snare Drum Contact Mic:
I bought this with more than a little skepticism. I play a pretty tight kit so sometimes getting a snare mic where I want it is a pain. I've been a fan of internal mics for a while ? I have both a D112 and an Audix D6 internally mounted in various kick drums using May International mounts and love the results, so after 2 gigs in a row where I had issues with getting the snare mic'd I figured for the price it was worth the investment to give this a shot. I've not been disappointed. Now, just like my kick drum, when I need to use a mic'd snare it's as simple as plugging the XLR into the always-there mount. No fuss, no positioning, no mic stand to haul around. Takes time out of set-up and break-down and adds consistency to your sound. Just plug in when you need it. The only key is to remember to tell your FOH engineer you need phantom power, and if you're worried that the board you're using doesn't have it, get an external phantom unit. Of course what really matters is how it sounds. Most of the engineers approach it the same way I did at first ? does this really work? I pretty much always tell them, hey, try it for the 1st set and if you don't like what you're hearing out front, we'll throw an SM57 or Audix i5 on it during the set break. Dozens of shows later, not a single engineer has asked me to swap it out. They've comment on the isolation and by not having that open mic, the reduction in feedback danger and how much more control they have. One engineer put it best: when I asked him during the 1st set break how it sounded, he looked at me and said simply, "it sounds like a snare drum". Exactly what I wanted to hear! Based on the success of this, I'm seriously considering replacing all my Sennheiser e604 tom mics with these on my live kit. For the gigging small-medium venue drummer, I'd definitely consider these.
Comments about B-Band UKKO-S Single Snare Drum Contact Mic:
I've been trying to find the best way to record my drums for a while now, but because I use a lot of stuff and have the toms moved off of the bass drum, I found it very difficult sticking an SM-57 on the snare drum. So rather than changing my setup (since I'm a stubborn drummer) I thought I'd take a look at this product. I was a bit skeptical buying this since it's not exactly a conventional microphone and there wasn't an abundance of good videos to compare this microphone in reference to other ones. But I went out on a whim, I tried it, and I can proudly say that this is one of the best purchases I've made. The sound is not what expected at all, the mic picks up a huge, clear, and very isolated tone making recording super easy. I used a Shure KSM 44 to pick up the high tom as well as some of the punch from the snare which when combined with UKKO created a solid snare drum sound, and I was able to record 7 songs in one session due to how easy it was to use. I can only imagine how easy this will make live gigs. I can happily say that this mic was a good investment to anyone who has a lot of drums and are looking for easy mic setup. My only warning is to be careful when transporting your drum as the microphone is basically just a plastic membrane with a really thin strip of wire that will almost certainly break if not cared for properly. Also make sure that you use the provided rim clip unless you wanna drill another air hole into your drum.