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Boom Theory

  • 1998 31 Aug
Boom Theory
by Bruce Adolph, courtesy of %%Christian Musician%%

Boom Theory introduced the first Spacemuffins kit in 1991. The first full-sized electronic drum designed in the acoustic format, The Spacemuffins Studio Series was received as a major breakthrough in electronic percussion. What made Spacemuffins so unique in 1991 still makes them stand apart today. Spacemuffins are built from real wood shells, traditional steel hoops and standard drum heads. The trigger is embedded inside the company's patented digi-trap baffling system which is inserted into each shell.

The results are a kit that looks and feels like an acoustic but is capable of triggering a sound module. The advantage is complete volume control and access to an unlimited number of digital samples at the touch of a button. Spacemuffins eliminate the need for miking and make the transition of going from acoustic to electric drums an effortless experience. Boom Theory also rotates through about a dozen wrap colors each production run so each kit has a distinctive look. Boom Theory now has three configurations to choose from. Seen at NAMM was the Classic wrapped in purple sparkle, the Bop Deluxe in a caramel candy tortoise shell and the Micro Bop in a white wood veneer. The Classic is sized with a 14 x 22 bass, 8 x 10 and 9 x 12 rack toms, 14 x 15 floor tom and a 3 + x 12 snare. The Bop Deluxe comes with a 14 x 18 bass, 8 x 8 and 8 x 10 rack toms, 14 x 14 floor and a 3 + x 12 snare. The Micro Bop has a 9 x 16 bass, 3 + x 8, 3 + x 10 and 3 + x 12 rack toms and a 3 + x 12 snare. A 3 + x 6 effects tom is also available as a special order.

MSRP prices are Classic: $4,495 w/ module, $2,796 w/o module. Bop Deluxe: $4,295 w/ module, $2,596 w/o module. Micro Bop: $3,995 w/ module, $2,296 w/o module. All kits include integrated rack, snare stand, all mounting hardware, and cables. These are suggested retail, actual prices may vary.

New in 1998 is the electro-acoustic Spacemuffins X-Series. The X-Series is an all-maple acoustic kit with sensors embedded inside the shell wall. Essentially two drums in one, the X-Series enables drummers to utilize digital triggers without sacrificing acoustic tones or performance. This is accomplished without the use of FSR (force sensitive electronics), active electronics or phantom power. The end result is the ability to layer any sound which can be digitally reproduced over the warmth and punch of an all-maple shell. The X-Series also feature Boom Theory's exclusive solid cast billet aluminum lugs.

Also new in 1998 is the 0.0 Sound Module. Designed for the most demanding live and studio applications, the 0.0 features a "muscle through" front end triggering system where the signal is forced through the most direct path - trigger to module to sound - to provide the quickest possible response time. The 0.0 features 10 individual trigger inputs, 10 individual audio outputs, stereo outs, auxiliary in and MIDI (In, Out, Thru). Each trigger input has the ability to layer up to 8 different sounds via velocity. The 0.0 can store 64 individual drum kits containing 10 inputs each and access these kits via a control pad or footswitch. The input can also be set to a "roll" or "random" mode where the 8 different sounds can alternate per hit. Further more, each of the 8 sound layers has the ability to set its own sound, volume, note, pan, gate time, CV pedal function (volume or pitch bend), footswitch (sustain), MIDI channel, and MIDI note values. The front panel has its own mixer section, where the user can adjust the gain level, volume, treble, and bass levels per trigger input.

To compliment the X-Series and the 0.0 module is the Boom Theory Integrated Rack System or, the world's first hardwired rack. The Integrated rack virtually eliminates visible wires by allowing the user to plug drums directly into the rack itself. 10 individual ins are built into the rack bars that output to the module via a single DB 25 cable.

Boom Theory is a small company of drummers building electric percussion headed up by an eclectic Italian man who is a whole heck of a lot of fun. With the new module, they are the only American company with a complete drums and sound source system.