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Old 01-08-2007, 12:12 AM
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I saw this band playing last night and the drummer was surrounded by plexiglass panels. I'm not sure what that's for. Maybe to prevent leakage into his mics. It sounded OK, but not clearly better than a band at the same place without it. They were pretty loud and that may have something to do with it.
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Old 01-08-2007, 12:58 AM
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Its basically a sound shield, makes it a lot less loud in general, however they are generally meant for home and studio applications... not for live :p
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Old 01-09-2007, 04:03 AM
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i think you're right about the mic leakage thing. they may also reduce the volume overall though, i dont know
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Old 01-09-2007, 06:18 AM
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Its basically a sound shield, makes it a lot less loud in general, however they are generally meant for home and studio applications... not for live :p

I had to play behind one of these from time to time on the road, mostly one the headliner drummer's drumkit. It was at the request of their self-centered, self-important front women who no longer have a career in the music business. I am not bitter.....much. The whole idea of using one of these in a live situation is plain ridiculous especially when in-ear monitors are in use. It also makes for any verbal communication with anyone separated by the shield nearly impossible, unless 2 talkbacks are used.


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Old 01-09-2007, 09:54 AM
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I don't think it has anything to do with mic leakage...

Basically the only reason you would need a shield onstage is if the drums overpower the other instruments, forcing the soundguy to turn everything else up. I've seen them use those at a casino, because otherwise it would just be too loud. Also, if the drummer has triggers on his/her toms (more common than you would think) then a shield lets the audience hear more of the trigger sample rather than the actual drum, especially in a smaller venue.
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Old 01-11-2007, 05:05 AM
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true, in a live situation that may be the case, but i really think i read that their original purpose was to stop mic leakage
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Old 01-11-2007, 07:16 AM
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Its basically a sound shield, makes it a lot less loud in general, however they are generally meant for home and studio applications... not for live :p

Actually you play behind them live in small rooms or in a small setting. A lot of big groups use them to control the sound output from the drummer. This would be the only way that my church would let me use my kit at church. Its an ok sized building about the same size of a gym.
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Old 01-11-2007, 07:23 AM
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I don't think it has anything to do with mic leakage...

Basically the only reason you would need a shield onstage is if the drums overpower the other instruments, forcing the soundguy to turn everything else up. I've seen them use those at a casino, because otherwise it would just be too loud. Also, if the drummer has triggers on his/her toms (more common than you would think) then a shield lets the audience hear more of the trigger sample rather than the actual drum, especially in a smaller venue.
Man I need to learn to read on before I reply. Thats what happens at my church. I play on electronic drums, and they keep the volume way down on them (not because I suck, I think I do but other people say that I am ok) but the old farts at church (and by old I mean the people who were there when Moses parted the Red Sea0 think that drums are a tool of satan. But anyways I said in that last post that I would have to buy this and set up and all. The trigger thing I have seen as well. I wanted to turn my pdp kit into a triggered kit but seems like it would cost way too much to do that.
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