The MAPEX™ Black Panther Design Lab
Series embodies the performance qualities
desired by top players. These distinctive
instruments have been engineered using
the Design Lab’s “Concept Hybrid” approach
to sound design, shell composition and
drum construction. Each drum has been
designed to combine “Sound Concepts” to
create unique and personal instruments for
the demanding player.
Concept Hybrid: Dark / Rustic / Throaty
The all-mahogany shell and reinforcement rings of the Heartbreaker snare blend historic snare drum tone with modern snare design. It combines the dark, rustic, and throaty sounds of rock classics, but easily fits with today’s more organic alternative styles.
The softer Mahogany shell and edge reinforcement rings of the Heartbreaker snare give significant boosts in 150-400 Hz frequency range, creating a big and full sound that takes up a lot of sonic space.
Concept Hybrid: VINTAGE / CONTROLLED / PRECISE
A re-imagined and optimized version of the original Black Panther model,
the Design Lab Cherry Bomb is crafted with a medium-thick Cherrywood
shell. The soft density of Cherry absorbs higher overtones, delivering a
warm, focused tone and a punchy backbeat. It sounds and feels vintage,
but is built with modern precision, reliability, and function.
The softer Cherry shell produces a pre-EQ’d sound with strong response in the 400-600 Hz range for strong low-end, but with a boost in the 5-7 kHz range to enhance attack, delivering a vintage tone for classic and alt-rock styles.
Concept Hybrid: CLASSIC / BRIGHT / ARTICULATE
A North American Maple shell, reinforcement rings, and the classic
styling of single-flanged hoops make Equinox evoke musical traditions
and modern execution. This drum possesses the controlled articulation
needed to hear the most subtle ghost notes with a bright and open
presence at full volume.
The harder all-Maple shell and
edge reinforcement rings raise the
frequency response in the 1-3 kHz
range, giving this drum a clear and
bright tone to cut through guitars,
larger ensembles and horn bands.
SAS (SONIClear™ Attenuation System) Finish
The Natural Satin SAS Finish brings out the beautiful character of the woods used in the drums, but also allows the shell to vibrate fully due its extremely low-mass application.
Thicker finishes like high-gloss add mass to the shell and shorten sustain. Future Design Lab models may employ a thicker finish to create a more focused sound.
The Black Panther Design Lab identifies a combination of performance characteristics, called a “concept hybrid”, desired
by top players based on their advanced live and studio needs. We then reverse engineer those performance characteristics
by blending different tone woods, bearing edge profiles, counterhoop styles, lug casings, snare wires, drumheads, and
shell finishes to achieve the desired result.
THE JANKA SCALE
Softer tonewoods (lower on the scale) produce a naturally lower fundamental pitch and a more focused sustain. Harder
tonewoods produce a naturally higher fundamental pitch, which results in brighter overtones and increased sustain.
THE SONIClear™ BEARING EDGE
The SONIClear™ Bearing Edge is standard on all Black Panther Design Lab Shells and allows the drumhead to sit flatter and make better contact with the shell. The result is a clearer fundamental pitch, effortless and consistent tuning, and a significantly expanded tuning range.
SONIClear™ Edge Audio Test Sessions
The increased drumhead to shell contact acheived by the SONIClear™ Edge enhances shell vibration, resulting in the "biggest" sound possible from the drum.
The Green Waveform is a recording of a drum with the SONIClear™ edge. The dark grey waveform is a drum with a typical edge. Tuned to the same pitch and recording identically, it's clear that the drum with the SONIClear™ Edge produces a much larger waveform from the initial strike through the full sustain of the note.
Because the drumhead sits flat on the SONIClear™ Edge, the tension applied during tuning is more balanced and stress-free. This allows the drumhead to vibrate freely and fully.
Waveform Comparison Example: The Green Waveform is a recording of a drum with the SONIClear™ edge. The dark grey waveform is a drum with a typical edge. The size of the SONIClear™ waveform indicates a lower and stronger fundamental pitch while the length indicates a longer sustain compared to a typical edge.
The Puresound® Custom Series
The Puresound® Custom Series 16-Strand Wires feature medium-gauge wire with evenly spaced standard coils, providing an even balance between snare response and shell sound.
Cylinder-Drive Strainer & Butt-End Adjuster
The Cylinder-Drive Strainer and Butt-End Adjuster use a self-lubricating bearing to ensure smooth operation. The adjustment dial employs “micro-lock” technology that provides precise control and prevents the snare wires from loosening during play.