SAS SYSTEM

THE SONICLEAR™ ATTENUATION SYSTEM

EXPERIENCE A NEW LEVEL OF CONTROL

LAB BUILT STANDARDS

Soniclear Features

Mapex-specific Designs That Lead To Better Sound And Operation
Soniclear™ Bearing Edge
Soniclear™ Bearing Edge
Soniclear™ Bearing Edge
Is standard on all BPDL shells, allowing the drumhead to sit flatter on the shell, making better contact. The result is a stronger and deeper fundamental pitch, effortless and consistent tuning, and a significantly expanded tuning range. For the serious player, the increased head-to-edge contact increases shell vibration, allowing the sonic nuances of the hybrid shell to stand out.
Master Tune Lug™
Master Tune Lug™
Master Tune Lug™
The elegant design of the Black Panther lug has been revised by the Design Lab to form the new Master Tune Lug. The first truly “Locking Tube Lug”, the Master Tune Lug utilizes a small body for the least amount of metal-to-wood contact. A Design Lab-exclusive pressured locking mechanism is outfitted on every lug to keep the drum in tune, show after show.
Sonic Pedestal Foot
Sonic Pedestal Foot
Sonic Pedestal Foot
The steel leg is prevented from contacting the ground by an internal cotter pin, allowing the floor tom to “float” on the elevated “spring" of the rubber foot, eliminating vibration transfer and maximizing resonance.

System Features

Lead To Better Sound And Operation
Chamber Specific Design
Chamber Specific Design
Plies get progressively thicker, depths graduate by 1/2”, bearing edges change and the SAS ring system changes, as the drums get larger in diameter. The combination of all of these details creates an amazing symphony in one kit, where each and every drum sounds perfect!
Air Flow Venting
Air Flow Venting
One of the amazing elements to playing the Black Panther Design Lab drums is the “feel” of the instrument. The venting is key to the feel and the overall resonance of the shells. Through painstaking testing, each Chamber Specific approach has lead to a formula of multiple vent holes in both Design Lab systems. Toms and bass drums have different combinations of vent holes. These air flow vents are placed at the *Nodal line with the lugs, so as to not affect the resonance of the shells.

* “Nodal” positioning is ©Noble and Cooley Drum Company
Isolation Gaskets (Floor Tom)
Isolation Gaskets (Floor Tom)
All Design Lab floor toms have the new “lift” bracket design. The metal components of the floor tom brackets are now entirely on the outside of the shell, isolated by the special rubber lift gasket. This releases all pressure from the shell, alleviating vibration loss. The 90˚ Leg design was also given strong consideration in regard to its sonic implications. The straighter the path to the floor, the more sound is lost. Hence, the 90˚ "static" Design Lab legs allow the most possible resonance from the floor toms and Aux Drum™. This can then be attenuated in real-time with the SAS version of this leg.
SAS Static 90° Floor Tom Leg
SAS Static 90° Floor Tom Leg
The straighter the path to the floor, the more sound loss: the static 90˚ Design Lab leg resolves this issue, allowing the most possible resonance from the floor toms.

DRUMMER BUILT OPTIONS

SAS Features

Real Time Adjustable
User Selectable
SAS Attenuating Floor Tom Leg™
SAS Attenuating Floor Tom Leg™
This feature is an absolute breakthrough in the real-time attenuating of your drum sound. No more external muffling on the floor toms, with the SAS leg you can dial in the sustain of your toms in real time. As we know with the floor tom legs, the straighter the path to the floor, the more the sound loss. Giving you every angle from beyond 90˚ to even inverted, the SAS attenuating floor tom leg makes possible unlimited real-time attenuation of your drums! One SAS Attenuating Floor Tom Leg™ leg ships with each Black Panther Design Lab floor tom.
Magnetic Force Adjustment™ and Acoustic Resonate Gate™ on MAATS™
Magnetic Force Adjustment™ and Acoustic Resonate Gate™ on MAATS™
“MFA” - Magnetic Force Adjustment™

The “MFA” or Magnetic Force Adjustment™ controls how much of the weight of the drum you are allowing the magnets to pick up. As you apply magnetic force, the sound opens because the weight is being distributed to the opposing magnets.

“ARG” - Acoustic Resonance Gate™

As the positioning of the ARG moves up and down, the sustain length of the drum lengthens or shortens. This is an incredible way to dial in your perfect drum sound in real time!

The Drum Leverage position adjusts to any mounted tom size.
SAS Ring System
SAS Ring System
SAS Ring System
The Mapex Black Panther Design Lab uses a revolutionary process involving reinforcement rings. Rather than using rings solely for the purpose of keeping thin-shelled drums round, Mapex focuses on how the use of rings and their unique placement can affect the sonic character of the instrument. The first example of this approach by Mapex came with the design of the Black Panther artist inspired "Versatus" snare drum. A batter-side-only ring was used to create a "vintage" style tone: applying more wood at the top edge gave the drum a thicker - or "fatter" - sounding rimshot and backbeat compared to most shallow-depth snares. The absence of a ring on the bottom edge maintained the articulation and sensitivity necessary for lower-volume playing, whether that be ghost-notes or playing with brushes. This breakthrough concept was then applied to the entire Versatus system kit to amazing results. These “Sonic" rings are distributed in varying degrees throughout the system.
Auxiliary (Aux) Drum™
Auxiliary (Aux) Drum™
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Another unique concept from the Design Lab is the new Aux Drum. This “3-in-1” instrument concept opens a whole new world of versatility within a single drum. The Aux Drum has been designed to be a small diameter bass drum, a “gong” bass drum and also a “gong” floor tom all in one convenient and great-sounding instrument.

Build Your Own Sound

Build Your Own Sound With SAS Sonic Effect Scale
HOOP OPTION
HOOP OPTION
FINISH OPTION
FINISH OPTION
HARDWARE FITTINGS
HARDWARE FITTINGS
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.
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