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Auralex HoverMat On Tour And In The Studio With Drummer Rich Redmond

Slip-resistant drum mat helps keep drum kit sounding clean and tight

By PSW Staff November 13, 2013

Drummer Rich Redmond at his kit, which is atop an Auralex HoverMat

Whether in his current main gig as studio and live drummer for Jason Aldean or in his CRASH Course For Success inspirational events, drummer Rich Redmond utilizes an Auralex HoverMat slip-resistant drummer’s mat for his kit.

Redmond (who has also recorded and performed with Kelly Clarkson, Lit, Jewel, Joe Perry, Bryan Adams, Thompson Square and many others) is doing 80 shows a year on the road with Aldean, while for the CRASH course – Commitment, Relationships, Attitude, Skill, and Hunger – he brings in guest clinicians from current top tours and sessions to teach and serve on a pro panel and answer questions about building a successful career, including recording hit songs, working with top artists, and playing to tens of thousands of fans each night.

Redmond notes that the Auralex HoverMat improves acoustical isolation and clarifies the drum’s tone. Fabricated with Auralex SheetBlok Sound Barrier, the HoverMat allows for high-performance decoupling from hollow stages and floors, optimizing the sound of drums by minimizing resonance from the surface on which the kit is resting. The result is a tighter, purer, more focused drum sound.

“I take my HoverMat on the road and into sessions, and engineers love it,” says Redmond. “Jason’s FOH mixer says it sounds great on stage and through the PA system. It really isolates the kit from the floor and keeps the sound tighter.

“I also use the HoverMat when I’m doing my CRASH Courses, which we’ve done for audiences ranging from school kids to Fortune 500 companies. In fact, Auralex has sent over extra HoverMats for some of those so that our guest clinicians and attendees can see how good it can make a drum kit sound.” 

Redmond points out that the HoverMat can be also rolled up after any performance or session, and the included heavy-duty cinch sack makes transport a breeze.  “I pretty much take it everywhere,” he says. “It’s portable and affordable.” 

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