Skip to page content

Mapex Drums Black Panther Design Lab

Gear Talk Mapex Drums Black Panther Design Lab

  • 2017 07 03 Mapex Design Lab Gear Talk Banner

3rd July 2017 Print this page Email a friend

Mapex Drums Black Panther Design Lab

New Snare Series 2017

The MAPEX™ Black Panther Design Lab Series embodies the performance qualities desired by top players. These distinctive instruments have been engineered using the Design Lab’s “Concept Hybrid” approach to sound design, shell composition and drum construction. Each drum has been designed to combine “Sound Concepts” to create unique and personal instruments for the demanding player.


heartbreaker image 600x272

Concept Hybrid: Dark / Rustic / Throaty

The all-mahogany shell and reinforcement rings of the Heartbreaker snare blend historic snare drum tone with modern snare design. It combines the dark, rustic, and throaty sounds of rock classics, but easily fits with today’s more organic alternative styles.

heartbreaker frequency chart

The softer Mahogany shell and edge reinforcement rings of the Heartbreaker snare give significant boosts in 150-400 Hz frequency range, creating a big and full sound that takes up a lot of sonic space.

heartbreaker specs


cherry bomb

cherry bomb natural


A re-imagined and optimised version of the original Black Panther model, the Design Lab Cherry Bomb is crafted with a medium-thick Cherrywood shell. The soft density of Cherry absorbs higher overtones, delivering a warm, focused tone and a punchy backbeat. It sounds and feels vintage, but is built with modern precision, reliability, and function.

cherry bomb chart

The softer Cherry shell produces a pre-EQ’d sound with strong response in the 400-600 Hz range for strong low-end, but with a boost in the 5-7 kHz range to enhance attack, delivering a vintage tone for classic and alt-rock styles.


cherry bomb specs


shared features logo 

The Black Panther Design Lab identifies a combination of performance characteristics, called a “concept hybrid”, desired by top players based on their advanced live and studio needs. We then reverse engineer those performance characteristics by blending different tone woods, bearing edge profiles, counterhoop styles, lug casings, snare wires, drumheads, and shell finishes to achieve the desired result.

Softer tonewoods (lower on the scale) produce a naturally lower fundamental pitch and a more focused sustain. Harder tonewoods produce a naturally higher fundamental pitch, which results in brighter overtones and increased sustain.

wood grains

The SONIClear™ Bearing Edge is standard on all Black Panther Design Lab Shells and allows the drumhead to sit flatter and make better contact with the shell. The result is a clearer fundamental pitch, effortless and consistent tuning, and a significantly expanded tuning range.

soniclear edge

SONIClear™ Edge Audio Test Sessions


The increased drumhead to shell contact achieved by the SONIClear™ Edge enhances shell vibration, resulting in the "biggest" sound possible from the drum.

The Green Waveform is a recording of a drum with the SONIClear™ edge. The dark grey waveform is a drum with a typical edge. Tuned to the same pitch and recording identically, it's clear that the drum with the SONIClear™ Edge produces a much larger waveform from the initial strike through the full sustain of the note.

results fuller tone


Because the drumhead sits flat on the SONIClear™ Edge, the tension applied during tuning is more balanced and stress-free. This allows the drumhead to vibrate freely and fully.

Waveform Comparison Example: The Green Waveform is a recording of a drum with the SONIClear™ edge. The dark grey waveform is a drum with a typical edge. The size of the SONIClear™ waveform indicates a lower and stronger fundamental pitch while the length indicates a longer sustain compared to a typical edge.

results increased resonance 1000x250

pure sound cylinder drive

The Puresound® Custom Series
The Puresound® Custom Series 16-Strand Wires feature medium-gauge wire with evenly spaced standard coils, providing an even balance between snare response and shell sound.

Cylinder-Drive Strainer & Butt-End Adjuster
The Cylinder-Drive Strainer and Butt-End Adjuster use a self-lubricating bearing to ensure smooth operation. The adjustment dial employs “micro-lock” technology that provides precise control and prevents the snare wires from loosening during play.


View All Mapex Black Panther Design Lab Snare Drums