New Gear Review: Sabian 13-inch Jojo Mayer Hoop Crasher

14" SABIAN Hoop Crasher Angle  HC14First Introduced as a 14-inch model, the 13-inch Hoop Crasher cymbal has been designed by Jojo Mayer once again and expands the choice for dual-ring effect cymbals. With the Hoop Crasher, you can play the snare drum but not change its sound and bring the Hoop Crasher effect whenever you need it—for subdivisions, for example. Manufactured from a set of premium B20 Bronze hi-hats, the top flotation ring is punched with 32 holes for lightness and lift, while the heavier bottom ring is designed with an X-Celerator Air-Wave lip to eliminate airlock and minimize contact area with the snare drum’s head. Attached by special rounded-head screws, the two rings can be played freely by removing the screws. The Hoop Crasher can be placed loosely on a snare drum, or tightened down with a trio of adjustable tension clamps (included). Adjusting the pressure of the clamps affects sustain, allowing the player to dial in long sounds for dub step tempos or shorter for tight sounds. http://sabian.com

Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer who has worked on over 30 gold and platinum records. He has recorded and/or mixed Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs, and more. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and loves teaching audio engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. He is a lifetime Grammy-voting member of NARAS and a contributing editor for Mix Magazinehttp://barryrudolph.com