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.
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.
THE JANKA SCALE
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.
THE SONIClear™ BEARING EDGE
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 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.
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.
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.
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