TNR Products' Booty Shaker isolation mounts are the brainchild of guitarist/composer Rich Wiley, and professional drummer Toby Ahrens. During a session, they discovered that a floor tom's decay and tone sounded best when held off the ground, but when played in position all the low end would disappear, and the decay sounded pinched. After much experimentation they came up with two products, the Booty Shaker floor tom isolation mounts ($15.39 + tax), and mounted tom and snare mounts ($22.39 + tax.) We recently had a chance to put these products to the test under ideal conditions at Blackbird Studio in Nashville, TN. during a session with the students at The Blackbird Academy.
The mic setup was a takeoff on the Glyn Johns three-mic approach close to the kit along with a Decca Tree set up further back in the room.
The Kit: Ludwig 1970s Vistalite 16", 18", 20", 24", a WFL 5 x 14 snare, Sabian Artisan cymbals (19", 20"), hi-hats (15"), and a Sabian HHX Legacy 22" ride.
The Mics: Three AKG C12s placed up close on the drum kit and three Neumann M50s set up in a Decca Tree array
The Studio: Blackbird's Studio A, a favorite of many bands and engineers looking for a big drum sound
The Drummer: Paul "Pauly" Simmons (Gene Simmons, Mick Mars, Tom Keifer, Reverend Horton Heat)
The Engineers: Students and instructors from The Blackbird Academy in Nashville, TN
The two high-resolution audio files represent the kit recorded and mixed with the six microphones. One file is without the Booty Shakers, the other is recorded with the snare, rack, and floor toms fitted with the isolation mounts. It's best to listen to the audio on a high-quality playback system or headphones.
The Booty Shaker drum isolation mounts work as advertised delivering a stunning amount of additional low end and improved decay across the kit. We used the mounts on both floor toms, plus the rack tom and snare drum and the differences were impressive. It took an already great sounding kit to the next level. Even if you have a four-piece kit, the cost of the mounts is well under $100.
Offers an affordable solution for taking your drum kit to the next sonic level for live and studio
Easy to mount
High-quality, sturdy construction