What I experienced at the NAMM show in Anaheim was beyond amazing. I spent some time with one of our customers who are introducing their line of Silent Drum Monitors to the US market.
I’ve had the privilege of working with them almost from the start of their project. Their Drum Monitor has a Clark Synthesis professional transducer in the drum throne, and Tim built a custom amplifier to drive it. At NAMM, they set up three drum kits, and people started trying them out. The demo was a powerful experience for every drummer who tried it. A customer would start drumming, usually at a pretty slow tempo with the amplifier’s volume turned all the way off. The volume would be slowly increased until the customer started smiling. Then the customer would start drumming faster and faster, and the smile on their face would turn to a look of astonishment.
After about five minutes of hard drumming, the customer would lay down the sticks and start talking. Drummer after drummer talked about the troubles they have with stage monitoring, and they were thrilled to discover how this product would solve those problems. Many drummers were ready to purchase the Silent Drum Monitor right there on the spot. Drummers expressed surprise that the Monitor not only gave them feedback from the kick, but that they could hear the toms, snares, and even the cymbals through the monitor just by sitting on it.
I remember one customer named George who told me that he was walking down the aisle when he heard someone playing drums say, “I shouldn’t be having this much fun.” George told me that he didn’t understand what the drummer was talking about, especially since the drummer was playing only a kick, snare, and a cymbal. So, he waited in line for his turn, and was completely blown away by the experience. He hung around playing and praising for 20 minutes before leaving the booth. George returned about 30 minutes later with a friend, and personally took his friend through the demo. His friend also was completely taken by the feedback from the Monitor. They left, and then returned 45 minutes later with another friend, and made sure that friend got the complete demo. The fascinating thing is, that this is not an isolated story. This happened again and again at that booth.
The Clark Synthesis Full Contact Audio line of professional transducers is an excellent component for any drummer, from local club bands to international touring acts.