Category Archives: Monitoring

Nickelback’s Daniel Adair On Tour with the BC2

Nickelback’s Daniel Adair is currently using the Porter & Davies BC2 personal drum monitoring system on the global best selling ‘Here and Now’ tour.

The Nickelback juggernaut has been rolling into more than eighty cities worldwide. They are now seven months into the sell out tour after playing North America, all over Europe, the Middle East and are currently playing across the Far East and Australia.

Daniel Adair, drummer with Nickelback has been using the new saddle style BC2 throne on their tour and absolutely loves it. ‘I am kinda speechless! What can I say that hasn’t been said before by others that have tried it? said Daniel, ‘Its AMAZING! Love how it picks up the lower end from the toms as well. This will definitely change how I approach things from now on. Even practicing some double kicks today I was clearly aware of weak points through the sensitivity of the device. More drummers need this.’

The BC2 converts signals from the bass drum microphone or an electronic kit into a physical pulse that is transmitted to the player’s body via the systems modified drum throne. The transmission is transferred by Bone Conduction (BC), which means the player feels and hears the sound internally instead of just relying on conventional audio only monitoring.

The BC2, with standard and saddle style thrones will be at the 2013 Winter NAMM. Visit Porter & Davies to see them in Hall D Stand 2879.

For further details on Porter & Davies, the BC2 and BC Gigster please visit their newly updated website at www.porteranddavies.co.uk.

Daniel Adair Daniel Adair Drum Kit

New Rack Mount BC2rm Monitor System From Porter & Davies

With its BC2 and BC Gigster personal drum monitor systems garnering rave reviews in the media and endorsements from top drummers including John Tempesta, Gavin Harrison, JR Robinson and Korn’s Ray Luzier, UK-based Porter & Davies now introduces the BC2rm, a slim-line (2-unit) 19” rack-mountable version of its top-of-the-line BC2.

Like the flight-cased BC2 and lightweight, streamlined Gigster, the BC2rm – which includes the BC control unit and P&D’s patented transducer-loaded drum throne – delivers Stealth Monitoring® that enables users to hear their drums internally via the company’s innovative Bone Conduction® technology (thus the BC name). “The unit,” said technical director/designer Tim Porter, “shapes the sound, the seat delivers it.”

“The brief for the BC2rm was very specific,” continued Porter. “Make a BC2 in a 19” rack-mount format – otherwise don’t change a thing.” To make that happen I did a complete redesign of the internal layout while keeping all the musical characteristics. Everything – internal cabling, connectors and even the physical size of the individual components – was re-evaluated and adjusted or improved to fit the thin-line case. Like the other two systems, the BC2rm is all about state-of-the-art personalized drum monitoring in a compact design.”

Because they are tactile monitors and do not require any speakers whatsoever – just the control unit and the drum throne – Porter & Davies BC monitor systems eliminate the need for onstage monitor subs, though a wedge or IEMS (in-ears) are recommended for other instruments the drummer wants to hear, all of which, according to Porter, “makes all of the BC models ideal for even the smallest stages, but also great for stadium gigs.”

The BCR2rm retails for £999 (inc. vat) including the Porter and Davies throne top, US retail is $1299.

Porter & Davies will be at the 2013 Winter NAMM show (Hall D Stand 2879)

For further details on Porter & Davies, the BC2 and BC Gigster please visit their newly updated website at www.porteranddavies.co.uk.

Porter & Davies Rack Mount BC2rm Monitor System

Billy Cobham and Benny Greb Join Porter & Davies Roster

PORTER & DAVIES are delighted to announce that Billy Cobham and Benny Greb are the latest drum artists to become Ambassadors for P&D tactile monitoring systems.

They join a fast growing roster of international drummers who include the BC2 or Gigster as an integral part of their kits for live and studio playing.

The BC2 and Gigster deliver focused sensitivity, accuracy, power and portability and are highly regarded by many of their international drum artists such as JR Robinson, Gavin Harrison, Anton Fig, Daniel Adair and Gerald Heyward.

The monitoring systems will be featured at NAMM 2012 in Los Angeles at Hall D, Booth #2879 where Porter & Davies themselves will be demonstrating the benefits and introduce the system to international drummers, distributors and retailers at the show.

For further details on Porter & Davies, the BC2 and BC Gigster please visit their website at www.porteranddavies.co.uk.

The BC Gigster by Porter & Davies: The No Frills, Plenty Of Thrills version of the BC2 silent bass drum monitoring system

Porter & Davies can now announce the launch of the new ‘BC Gigster’ with a specification which has been designed to achieve a launch retail price of only £599 Inc VAT. The new product still retains the same astounding performance and build quality as the flagship BC2!

The BC Gigster is a silent bass drum monitoring system which allows you to feel and experience your bass drum like you never felt it before. It consists of the finest Tactile Generator available, built into a throne top, and uses bone conduction to deliver powerful, precise and nuanced reproduction without sound.

The new BC Gigster is made from the same superior components as the BC2 and although it has slightly fewer features, the new specification still gives the same level of performance where it matters, giving you great connectivity to your drum kit whilst playing and recording, allowing you to feel and experience your bass drum through your drum throne. It is so easy to use, its rapid set-up is literally designed to plug in and play and can be used with both acoustic & electronic drums.

The BC Gigster specification includes:

  • Line / Mic, Low Contour & Master volume Controls
  • Speakon NL4 connection between Gigster engine & throne (Lead included)
  • Choose Mic or Line input (combined XLR and 1/4 “ jack) (more complex mixes can be obtained through an external mixer via the line input)
  • XLR Output for PA etc
  • Balanced and unbalanced line inputs accepted
  • Can accommodate external phantom power from PA or monitor desk
  • Encased in steel box with rubber ‘bumper’ end cheeks
  • Optional extras are available including the Porter & Davies extra low throne base plus other accessories.

The BC2 remains the Top Pro choice with airline specification flight case, phantom power selector, voltage switch and the facility to allow both line or mic input to be mixed together simultaneously with independent control.

The Gigster has already been used by top artists and they have said the following; Steve White” The Gigster isn’t now just an affordable luxury: For any drummer that takes their playing seriously it should be their next purchase.” Gavin Harrison “With the same performance and power as it’s bigger brother (the BC2) the Gigster is the ideal portable tactile monitor. It’s just smaller and lighter.” Joe Crabtree “the Gigster is now my weapon of choice.  Plus, it fits in my suitcase for the odd over-seas festival gig!”

Porter & Davies have used their expertise to maintain product integrity without compromising on quality. Keen to bring a value product to the market at a smart price, they have simplified the packaging, stripped away the non essential features and bought to the market the ultimate gigging form of the BC2.

You’ll never want to play live again without it. For further details, worldwide pricing and to buy direct on-line from the manufacturer, please visit their website at www.porteranddavies.co.uk.

Avid Announces New M-Audio ultra portable Keystation Mini 32 Keyboard Controller and hot new look, sound for BX D2 Studio Monitors

Introduces 32-key mini controller, delivering ultimate portable playability.
Advances best-selling M-Audio BX monitor line with new look, improved sound.

Avid® (NASDAQ: AVID) today announced the availability of the new M-Audio® Keystation Mini 32 ultra-portable keyboard controller, as well as the
M-Audio BX D2 studio monitor series—the next generation of the best-selling BX Deluxe family. These new offerings extend Avid’s commitment to deliver best-in-class quality, performance, and value to mobile musicians, producers, and video editors.

The Keystation Mini 32 is a 32-note, USB bus-powered keyboard controller designed for musicians on the go. Small enough to fit in a backpack, this ultra-portable controller delivers unmatched playability in its class, with features including:

  • 32 low-profile mini-keys, enabling musicians to play two-handed parts
  • Highly musical velocity curves, allowing keyboard sensitivity customization to individual playing styles
  • 4 assignable controls, including a knob, providing real-time control of DAW and virtual instrument functions
  • USB bus-powered, plug-and-play connectivity including iPad compatibility (iPad Camera Connection Kit required; check specific apps to verify MIDI support)

The BX D2 series monitors—comprised of the BX8 D2 and BX5 D2 models— flaunt a new look,and improved sound. These models from the best-selling line deliver a listening experience that’s true to the source, helping musicians, producers, and video editors create mixes that translate well across listening systems. Plus they look great. Along with the exceptional accuracy and sonic definition that studio and post-production professionals demand, the BX D2 series features:

  • Technology leveraged from high-end M-Audio monitors, providing enhanced acoustic performance, especially in the low-frequency range
  • Kevlar low-frequency drivers and waveguide-loaded silk dome tweeters, providing rich, defined bass and smooth, clear highs
  • The BX8 D2 features an 8” woofer and 130 watts of distributed power and the BX5 D2 is equipped with a 5” woofer and features 70 watts of distributed power, delivering cohesive, accurate sound
  • Optimized rear port, providing extended low-frequency response

“The M-Audio brand is leading the way in the mobile studio revolution,” said Tanguy Leborgne, Avid vice president of consumer products and solutions “Now, the new Keystation Mini 32 pushes the category further than ever before—giving on-the-go musicians a way to create great music and effects through an ultra-playable, ultra-portable design. In addition, the updated BX5 D2 and BX8 D2 monitors extend our best-selling studio monitor legacy, delivering the look and performance musicians and video editors demand.”

Availability and Pricing

Keystation Mini 32 is available from September in EMEA for £54.99 GBP / €63 EUR.
The BX5 D2 and BX8 D2 are available in EMEA now for £215 GBP / €255 EUR and £319 / €379, respectively. To learn more visit m-audio.com or shop.avid.com.

The BC2 by Porter & Davies: The Next Generation silent bass drum monitoring system At New Lower Price

Porter & Davies are excited to announce a major evolution of the infamous BumChum: The BC2. The BC2 includes a large range of upgrades and remarkable technical specifications. All brought to you at a new lower price.

The BC2 gives you great connectivity to your drum kit whilst playing and recording, allowing you to feel and experience your bass drum through your drum throne. Improvements included:-

  • Voltage selector switch for use in the USA, Japan etc.
  • Phantom Power to accommodate both dynamic and condenser microphones.
  • Line XLR socket which now accepts both balanced and unbalanced input.
  • NL4 sockets and connector leads
  • Even smaller and more ergonomic flight case
  • More comfortable thrones (round or tractor) with superior clamping mechanism

The new lower price of £999 inc vat* has been achieved by increasing production volume to meet sales demand and better sourcing of components.

Impressed by technical capabilities of the BC2 and its incredible portability the BC2 already has a number of leading drummers using it and their quotes speak for themselves:

John ‘JR’ Robinson; (Madonna, Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton and more)”Finally, a company comes through and makes a low end monitoring system that works. The BC2 by Porter & Davies is extremely efficient and accurate to every bass drum beat I play. There is no lag time. BC2 is a light weight system that is incorporated into your drum throne. This system can eliminate a subwoofer on stage thus eliminating stage volume. BC2 kicks ass!”

Gavin Harrison; (Porcupine Tree)  “The Porter and Davies BC 2 gives me a reassuring feeling every time I hit the bass drum. It really gives me control of my pedal articulation – and that in turn makes it easier to play the bass drum more accurately”.

Steve White; (Paul Weller) “The BC2 is an integral part of my set up now, both studio and live, it’s not a luxury it’s a necessity.”

Craig Blundell; (Worldwide Roland demonstrator) “Every note you play is felt through your body and it makes monitoring so easy and the V-Drums experience is taken to a whole new level. I can’t begin to tell you how good this is”. “I knew the product was good but never knew it would be THAT good, it’s utterly brilliant.”

Other endorsees include: Jamie Morrison (Duffy), Derrick McKenzie (Jamiroquai), Damon Wilson (Feeder/Ray Davies/Sugarbabes/Joss Stone), Lee Agnew (Nazareth), Ollie Boorman (West End show Chess)

The BC2 is highly portable, small, light and easy to use. It allows you to experience your bass drum like you never have before using bone conduction to deliver powerful, precise and nuanced reproduction without sound. Whether you are playing pub gigs, a jobbing drummer or a touring pro, Audio Techs (and your ears) will love the quieter more controlled stage. You’ll never want to play live again without it.

The BC2 is available now and priced at £999* in the UK. For further details, worldwide pricing and where to buy the product, contact us through our brand new website at www.porteranddavies.co.uk.

Frankfurt Musikmesse 2011: Mackie’s New MRmk2 Reference Monitors Offer Powerful Studio Solution

Redefining the concept of the affordable studio reference monitor.

Mackie today announces a complete redesign of its bestselling line of ultra-affordable powered studio monitors – the MRmk2 Mackie Reference Monitors.  Featuring class-leading power with unmatched clarity and definition at its price point, the new series is sure to please those looking for a professional monitoring solution for project studios, edit suites and home theatres alike.

“Mackie is well known for delivering professional monitoring solutions at affordable prices,” remarked Mackie Product Manager, Matt Redmon.  “Our new MRmk2 monitors deliver on all fronts, from an extended low-frequency response unmatched in their category, to the clear definition of mids and highs upon which engineers stake their reputations.”

Mackie MRmk2 studio monitors feature all-new professional transducers specifically designed to match their respective amplification.  Both models employ a 1˝ neodymium magnet-driven soft dome tweeter featuring ferro-fluid cooling to help protect against power compression during wide dynamic playback.  The 5.25˝ (MR5mk2) and 8˝ (MR8mk2) hyperbolic-curved cone woofers reduce severe cone resonances, drastically minimizing distortion.

The powerful, precision Class A/B amplifier section features XLR, TRS and RCA connectivity, along with user-adjustable acoustic controls for simple room correction. The robust cabinet is rear-ported, reducing distortion, and features an optimally-sized custom Waveguide and molded baffle, offering balance to the HF / LF content while increasing both the stereo imaging and depth of field.

The Mackie MRmk2 Series Powered Studio Monitors are now available worldwide.  The MR5mk2 is €175 inc. tax & £145 inc. VAT and the MR8mk2 is €265 inc. tax & £220 inc. VAT.  Visit Mackie during Musikmesse from April 6-9, 2011 in Frankfurt, Germany in Halle 4.1, Stand E31.  For more detailed product information, please visit www.mackie.com.

Winter NAMM 2011: Mackie’s New MRmk2 Reference Monitors Offer Powerful Studio Solution

Redefining the concept of the affordable studio reference monitor.

Mackie today announces a complete redesign of its bestselling line of ultra-affordable powered studio monitors – the MRmk2 Mackie Reference Monitors.  Featuring class-leading power with unmatched clarity and definition at its price point, the new series is sure to please those looking for a professional monitoring solution for project studios, edit suites and home theatres alike.

“Mackie is well known for delivering professional monitoring solutions at affordable prices,” remarked Mackie Product Manager, Matt Redmon.  “Our new MRmk2 monitors deliver on all fronts, from an extended low-frequency response unmatched in their category, to the clear definition of mids and highs upon which engineers stake their reputations.”

Mackie MRmk2 studio monitors feature all-new professional transducers specifically designed to match their respective amplification.  Both models employ a 1˝ neodymium magnet-driven soft dome tweeter featuring ferro-fluid cooling to help protect against power compression during wide dynamic playback.  The 5.25˝ (MR5mk2) and 8˝ (MR8mk2) hyperbolic-curved cone woofers reduce severe cone resonances, drastically minimizing distortion.

The powerful, precision Class A/B amplifier section features XLR, TRS and RCA connectivity, along with user-adjustable acoustic controls for simple room correction. The robust cabinet is rear-ported, reducing distortion, and features an optimally-sized custom Waveguide and molded baffle, offering balance to the HF / LF content while increasing both the stereo imaging and depth of field.

The Mackie MRmk2 Series Powered Studio Monitors will be available worldwide February, 2011.  The MR5mk2 will have a U.S.  MSRP of $199.99 and MR8mk2 will have a U.S. MSRP of $329.99.  Visit Mackie during NAMM in the massive new showroom upstairs in Demo Room 209A/B from January 13-16, 2011 in Anaheim, CA.

For more detailed product information, please visit www.mackie.com.

Introducing The BumChum: The silent bass drum monitoring system

Born out of a combination of necessity and ingenuity, The BumChum is a small, highly portable and tough solution to an age-old problem:

We all know the feeling of the bottom end thump when we see a band from out front. Who usually feels that the least in the whole room? The drummer. The answer is a device that you are in control of, that delivers all the weight and power of your bass drum without the volume.

The revolutionary BumChum allows you to feel and experience your bass drum like you never felt it before. No longer are you dependant on the lottery of monitoring your bass drum (should any monitoring be provided), whether on a big stage, in your local pub with the bass stack in your ear, or rehearsing.

No more hammering away, technique flying out of the window, in a desperate attempt to hear yourself.

The BumChum consists of the most powerful Tactile Generator available, (used by the US military in their simulators), built into our very own throne top, coupled to a flightcased electronics pack. The BumChum system uses bone conduction to deliver powerful, precise and nuanced reproduction without sound.

Audio techs (as well as your ears) love the system because the stage is quieter and more controlled. The band can tour with fewer amplifiers and sub cabinets, saving on weight, costs and stage space. If you’re using in-ear monitoring, you’ll be able feel the bass drum like never before. If you’re not using in-ears, this system so accurately connects you to your bass drum that it will improve your confidence, playing and your whole stage experience.

Better still, our clever techy guys have built the BumChum electronics to fit into a road rugged flight case the size of a 10” tom which only weighs 8 kilos. It is extremely portable and, most importantly, is quick and easy to set up. Simply open the case, plug in throne, plug in mic, plug in power and you’re away!

From stadium concerts to pub gigs, the BumChum is aimed at both the jobbing drummer and touring pro. You’ll never want to play live again without it.

The BumChum is available now and priced at £1199. For further details and where to buy the product check out our website at www.thebumchum.co.uk.

Klein + Hummel Introduces O 300 Nearfield Studio Reference Monitor

Klein + Hummel, the latest addition to the Sennheiser family of brands, is introducing the O 300 triamplified three-way nearfield studio reference monitor at AES 2006 San Francisco. The O 300 delivers the same stunning quality of the famed O 300 D minus the digital input and control hardware, resulting in a cost-effective price without sonic compromise. As its more fully-featured sibling, the O 300 delivers superlative, uncolored sound, precise bass response, picture-perfect dispersion patterns, and a stunningly real soundstage with remarkable image focus and depth. Its precise and revealing detail enables the mixing engineer to make critical judgments with supreme confidence.

By utilizing a dense, new, extremely low-resonance material called LRIM, Klein + Hummel was able to mold the waveguides required for optimal dispersion directly into the baffle. The elliptical shape of the high-frequency horn makes the dispersion angle in the vertical plane more narrow thus reducing the amount of early reflections off the console surface which would otherwise interfere with the direct sound from the speakers (comb-filter effects), thereby improving spatial definition. At the same time, the effective horizontal listening area is made wider, giving the recording engineer greater freedom of movement in front of the console. The use of LRIM has also made it possible to align the acoustic centers of the two drivers exactly on one plane, parallel to the baffle, thereby preventing time and phase coherency problems at the crossover frequencies. This allows the individual drivers to work together perfectly to produce a precisely detailed soundstage.

The unit’s eight-inch cone woofer is made of a special lightweight polypropylene material that has excellent self-damping properties. Its long-excursion voice coil enables this driver to produce very low frequencies at high sound pressure levels with practically no distortion. In contrast to common bass-reflex systems, which tend to blur the low end, the acoustic suspension system of the O 300 delivers tight, articulate bass, which is strikingly clear, detailed, and natural, particularly in transients.

The midrange is handled by a treated fabric dome with a three-inch voice coil. Since its mass is much lower than that of cone drivers, it has the advantage of being able to achieve superior impulse response and extremely uniform amplitude response. As a result, midrange reproduction is impressively true-to-life, especially with the human voice.

The one-inch high-frequency driver is equipped with a titanium/fabric dome that combines the transparency of a titanium dome with the low distortion of a fabric dome. This driver has been finely matched to its elliptical waveguide, ensuring exceptional directivity.

All three drivers are magnetically shielded, permitting placement of the speakers directly next to video monitors or computers. O 300 is available in anthracite finish as standard; optional silver, white and custom colors are also available.

For more information, visit their web site at www.klein-hummel.com.

Klein + Hummel O 300 Nearfield Studio Reference Monitor

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