Austin Burcham video review (US)
You may know Austin Burcham from his amazing Study The Greats videos. If not, check them out (here is a link).
Austin recently did a very thorough review of SlapKlatz Pro, including sound samples, comparisons and much more.
In this review you get to hear the differences between small, medium and large sized gels, as well as the difference between using 1, 2, 3 or 4 small gels on your snaredrum.
You will find the review on YouTube – click here!
Rhythm Magazine (UK)
Until recent years, the dampening market has been more or less dominated by one product. Since our gaffer tape was cast aside in favour of those little blue rectangles, drummers have been able to work more quickly in achieving a desired sound with minimal fuss and minimal mess. Relatively new arrival to the market SlapKlatz now brings us the new ‘Pro’ package.
The package includes 10 circular gel pieces: six small (2cm), two medium (3cm) and two large (4cm); all contained within a rectangular hard plastic carry case. They are available in a clear version and SlapKlatz’s original luminous ‘Alien Green’.
Starting with one of the smaller 2cm discs placed near the rim of a 14″ snare drum, the sonic difference is noticeable but pleasantly subtle. This allows the effect to be applied incrementally by adding one more at a time. The feel of the drum is barely changed at all as more gels are added, and nor does the head become choked out despite the tight tuning. Although the Pro pack comes with much larger gels, SlapKlatz recommend that the smaller ones are used, placed in opposing positions on the drum’s surface. That said, I took a shine to using one of the largest 4cm pads on a 16″ floor tom and found the result to be a satisfying controlled boom. Due to the more subtle nature of the SlapKlatz gels, cymbals benefit well from the same treatment. The gels are so sticky that you can even hide them away on the underside of the cymbal for a more subtle appearance. One or two of the smaller pads will ease some of the ring from a ride cymbal or dry up a pair of hihats quite nicely. Avoid the larger ones though, unless you’re looking for more of a really dry, borderline electronic cymbal sound.
As to be expected, the gels were covered in general crud and stick debris within the course of a couple of gigs, although this did not stop them sticking effectively to the drum heads. The good news is, they are washable – but don’t expect them to come quite back to their former glory.”
FOR: Does exactly what it says on the box…and does it well!
AGAINST: Very few.
SlapKlatz Pro was reviewed by UK drum magazine “Drummer” in May 2016, under the title “The good kind of tacky”.
“If you’re a drummer who feels the need to dampen your drums without dampening your enthusiasm for drumming, it may be worth you considering SlapKlatz Pro damper gel. The market for dampening agents is now well established, replacing the rolled up tissue and gaffa tape method, which is sticky, cumbersome and full of residue. There’s nothing wrong with this old method, but these days it’s good to have a product that’s portable, accessible and doesn’t leave goo all over your precious tubs and discs.
Developed in Copenhagen, Slapklatz do things slightly differently – providing a range of sizes of dampening gels. The packag ing is more substantial than current other brands because you get more to work with . Available in two colours, clear or vivid luminescent green, you are not going to lose these in a hurry as they positively glow. As with most products of this nature they do attract dust and fluff over time and handling, although it’s not a problem as they can be cleaned in soapy water. Each container gives you three sizes: 4cm and 3cm circles of gel (two of each size) and 2cm circles.
First up the 4cm version, deployed on snare, toms and cymbals. The ampening effect is immediate but it doesn’t affect the playability. Even taking the throw off the snare I’m pleasantly surprised that although the tone is muted it is still responsive. The 3cm version produced similar effects and again the playability was not diminished. The tonal quality when applied to a large ride and crash cymbal is noticeable in that the familiar overtones and decays are arrested almost immediately. The smaller size yields a subtle difference in tone – just enough to take off that annoying little overtone that raises its ugly head from time to time.
Whether it’s a gig or studio situation, these gel circles will deliver again and again, making them a worthy addition to any drummer or percussionist’s tool kit – and at an affordable price too.”
The free UK online drum magazine “iDrum Magazine” wrote a review of SlapKlatz™ in it’s 22nd issue of the magazine. Here is what they wrote:
“SlapKlatz offer two conveniently sized gel pads, available in clear or Alien green, that come in a protective container that will assist in keeping the gel pads clean and safe.
Each container comprises two large and two small gel pads that make for quick and easy application depending upon the size of the drum or the level of damping that you require. As you can mix and match either sized pad, your options for damping are (no pun intended) wide open.
The SlapKlatz gel dampers offer a super sticky surface that will adhere firmly to coated or clear heads (resonant and/or batter side) and you could even use one or more to suppress cymbal overtones should you need to mute excess ring or bring any high-end frequencies under control.
The screw-top container will fit easily into a stick bag, ensuring that you always have the pads to hand. Should the pads become dirty, then simply wash them under warm water with a little soap and they will return to their initial sticky level and look as bright as buttons.
The two size options means you do not need to cut up the pads as that has already been thoughtfully considered, the smaller pad creating a lower level of suppression when compared to that found when employing the larger pad. You could even use one of the pads as a ‘bumper’ if you have hardware or other drums that may come close to each other and eliminate any ‘rattle’ potential in the process.” (iDrum Magazine)
You can read the free issue of the magazine here, as well as watch the filmed review here.
The Dutch drum magazine “De Schlagwerkkrant” wrote a short review of SlapKlatz™ in one of their 2011 issues. Here is what they wrote:
“The sticky blue gel slices from Moongel has been out there for quite some years now. SlapKlatz is perhaps a strange name for an alternative that is not only cheaper, but also sticks considerably better. SlapKlatz are round slices in two different sizes. The smallest is about the size of an euro coin, the big one comes close to a €2 coin.
Slapklatz are made from a very soft and sticky gel that does its job extremely well. The SlapKlatz gel pads dampens slightly more than the blue competitor. Just like Moongel, the problem is that Slapklatz sticks not only to a drumhead, but also to a drum bag or even a sweaty towel are possible targets, making it difficult on a dark stage to find your gel pad. Should your SlapKlatz pads become dirty after use, then just rinse them under running water. Once dry you can use them just fine.
The SlapKlatz pads are available in colorless transparent or poison green transparant. The colorless version is almost invisible on stage. (Dennis Boxum)”