WHAT’S DESIGN LAB

The Design Lab is a group of Artists, Engineers and Designers which form the incubator for unique professional instruments exclusively for Mapex Drums. Using one of a kind sound inspirations and conceived by a revolutionary "Concept Hybrid Formula”, The Design Lab creates unique voices, each with a combination of the artistry of instrument making and the modern science of drum design.
CONCEPT HYBRID

CONCEPT HYBRID

The Concept Hybrid approach uses the specific blending of different woods, bearing edge profiles, hoop styles, reinforcement rings, lug casings, snare wires, drumheads and even shell finishes to affect the performance and character of a drum. Using this “Sound First” approach, a multiple-tone, sonic concept is chosen and then brought to life by the Mapex Design Lab of Artists, Engineers and Designers.

BUILD YOUR OWN SOUND WITH SAS SONIC EFFECT SCALE

Black Panther Design Lab drum kits allow drummers to customize based on the proprietary "SAS Sonic Effect Scale" developed by Mapex Drums. By selecting finishes, hoops, and hardware fittings to suit your style and taste, you can also create sound that is all your own. You can further utilize a combination of both Versatus and Cherry Bomb shells to create a unique set-up with the resonance and control that best suits you and your musical needs.
BLACK PANTHER DESIGN LAB

BLACK PANTHER DESIGN LAB

The Mapex Black Panther series has been a mainstay at the “top-of-the-line” for Mapex drums since its launch in 2010. But the new Black Panther Design Lab systems, are nothing short of breakthroughs in instrument design: this "no holds barred" series uses the cumulation of 30 years of engineering, innovation, artistry and drum-building science to form a completely new system of drums. Building from the sound up, the Artist is involved at the very first stage of conception, utilizing the Concept Hybrid approach. (This is very different from most drum manufacturers, who pick materials and build prototypes to then show artists.) The sound concept is first, before the Design Lab team uses its extensive knowledge of drum-building to make that sound a reality. This is the foundation for the new “Design Lab” built and designed Black Panther system of drums.
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