Holy Crap! Has anyone seen these yet?


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Found this review online somewhere, they're contact microphones, an internal mic that looks more like a trigger. Anyone ever heard of such a thing?

One of the coolest NAMM Show demos was at the UKKO/B-Band booth. A drummer inside a booth played hard and his sound was reproduced on a set of Bose L1 Model II stereo speakers. Outstanding sound when you consider there were no visible mics apart from a pair of overheads. In addition, each drum could be solo'd with complete sound isolation from the other drums.

UKKO contact mics attach, without modification, using an innocuous adhesive to the shell wall inside of each drum. The same Emift® film used in all B-Band instrument pickups is utilized and each drum's pickup connects to a separate pre-amp module. The included UKKO pre-amps, (separate, especially-tailored pre-amps for snare, toms and kick), when attached to the drum, look like another piece of chromed drum hardware. They are 48-volt phantom powered, have a dipswitch to adjust the tone of the hot output signal, and have three different mounting options.

We installed the basic kit ($599 MSRP) with five mic/pre-amps--kick, snare, and three toms--into an old Gretsch kit and found the sound quality good--lots of attack and tone with nearly zero sound leakage from the other drums in the kit. We chose the included rubberized drum rim mounting clamps for the pre-amps and mounted the kick drum pre-amp using (but not blocking) the drum's air hole.

It is obvious that for live sound, the UKKO system is a godsend for drummer and FOH mixer a like. You'll get near studio quality drum sounds instantly using only overheads at any venue. Visibly, the stage and the kit's look will be dramatically improved. Additional pre-amps/mics for larger kits are $129.99 each. Check http://www.b-band.com for pricing and loads more information or call 818-508-9412.

johnny nobody

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Look's different than the original b-band. It's a cool set up but I never heard them in a kit, but the same company has the same magnetically charged tape mics for a pickup in an acoustic guitar that sounded better than piazo. If there is a sound sample of them on drums PLEASE post.


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Its the preamp thats the expensive part. You can find these online for $100, considering you wont have to spend forever setting up mics when touring and wont have to worry about hitting them or moving stuff out of the way to accomodate mics, I think $100 is a great price. If they sound good , then I'm sold!


What did the article in Rhythm mag say? That damn mag is impossible for me to find!


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I don't know exactly, just had a glance over it at my friends house, but the idea I got from them is that they are really good but a bit expensive, they gave them 5* so they must be pretty darn good. Sorry, if i see the article again, I'll update you 8)