Drum kit (see the section on ‘Percussion’ for miking other drums)
C-ducer tape microphones can be used on all types of drums there is a variety of ways to mount them depending on the drum and the desired sound.
The main advantages of C-ducer over conventional microphones are, excellent separation between each drum, and between the drums and other instruments, full dynamic range, very low frequency response for a rich bass drum sound, quick set up once the kit has been fitted with C-ducers, and, no mic stands.
As a rule 8 inch (20cm) are used on toms & bass with a 3 inch (8cm) or 4 inch (10cm) on the snare and smaller toms. The tapes are either stuck directly to the shell, stuck to a foam wedge in the drum, or suspended within the drum. If the drums are double headed the C-ducer cable is passed through the breather hole.
Because all kits are different, C-ducer systems can be custom configured for your kit:
"The C-ducer microphone system installed in my Ludwig kit gives me several advantages, especially on the road, there is no need for a forest of mic stands (which can be knocked out of position during a gig) setting up and breaking down is always easy, the mic position never changes and they give me a full and punchy sound"
Rick Buckler (The Gift)
CDS C-ducer Drum System - custom configured for your kit
These systems use 8" tape for bass drum, 3" and 4" tapes for snare and toms. The jacks are removable so the cable can be passed through the drum breather or fitted with end pin tucks for permanent installation. The pre amps are 48 volt phantom-powered which can be drawn from most mixing desks, alternatively a phantom power supply or amplifier with provision for phantom power. The phantom power supply should be DIN45596 48V. Note: You can use battery powered C-ducers if you do not wish to, or do not have, a phantom power source.
These systems are custom made so please enquire for specification or details.