Sorry for the typo. It should have read: 

"causing the ki
Hi Lou,

Sorry for the typo. It should have read: 

"causing the kick drum to lose its edge."

Regarding "Trap drums":
The term, as I understand it, goes back to Vaudeville where the drummers of the era had a bunch of "contraptions" consisting of cow bells and various percussion gadgets mounted so that they were playable by one person (the drummer). Traps or "Trap drums" became a contraction of the word "contraptions" and now refers to a drum set other than dedicated percussion instruments. 

Wikipedia seems to back this up:




Corey Bailey Audio Engineering

 From: Lou Judson <[log in to unmask]>
To: Corey Bailey <[log in to unmask]> 
Cc: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List <[log in to unmask]> 
Sent: Thursday, February 7, 2013 8:52 AM
Subject: TRAPS, DRUMS, AND LOOSE... WAS Re: [ARSCLIST] Mono but Out-of-Phase
"Loose?" Or lose? I've beard some pretty loose kicks. and some pretty loose drummers... who have no edge to lose!

Slight shift - where does "traps" come from referring to a drum kit?

By the way. Corey, you have things set for direct replies to you, and not the list - how and why do you do that? This is one of many yahoogroups I am on and the only one where people do that...

Lou Judson
Intuitive Audio

On Feb 7, 2013, at 12:16 AM, Corey Bailey wrote:

> Hi Ellis,
> As a Recording Engineer who also played trap drums, I can relate to exactly what you said. As the musician, you hear the kick drum from the beater side while the recording/PA microphone is positioned on the other side of the batter head. Often, even more disconcerting, was the headphone feed while recording!
> BTW,
> It was usually easy to hear if the kick drum was polarity reversed because the attack would tend to cancel with the other drum mics causing the kick drum to "loose its edge."
> Cheers!
> Corey
> Corey Bailey Audio Engineering