The Beat-Root is craftsman made from sustainable English Hardwoods, (no African or South American timbers used here!) - sustainably sourced from the West Country, UK.
There are four Beat Root models - the 'Solo' - the 'Heel and Toe', the 'Classic', and the 'Twin Toe'.
The 'Solo' is based on the traditional stomp box style, with a single acoustic chamber, high quality no-noise pickups and single mono output. Simply plug into your PA, turn up the bass and roll off the top end for a warm fat kick drum, or add a little more mid range for a lighter tone.
The 'Heel and Toe' is unique in that it contains four separate high quality pickups, two for the heel of the foot, and two for the toe, wired to a stereo output. As the two acoustic chambers differ in size the heel playing area gives a higer tone, with the larger toe area giving a lower end tone. Many players prefer to use the heel as the bass and the Beat Root gives you the chance to explore a much wider range of sounds than being restricted to playing the toe area only. For maximum tone control split the stereo signal and EQ the seperate playing areas.
Experimenting with the EQ settings opens up a huge range of sonic possibilities - no need to purchase separate and expensive 'add ons' to expand your sound - the Heel and Toe does it all in one!
The 'Classic' is based on the american porch board design - a flat playing surface with one large sound chamber. This model has pickups fitted at both ends of the chamber, and are both blended together to give a more uniform bass tone. That said there are still many variants of tone that can be achieved depending on where the surface is hit, but it isnt quite so versatile as the Heel and Toe in this respect. Its a design that can be played sitting or standing, and because of the flat low level playing surface is great for long periods of playing.
The 'Twin Toe' is orientated so it can be played with both feet. Along with two separate pickups and acoustic chambers, this model also has two separate outputs so opening up a further range of sonic possibilities - have the bass on the left, and the snare to the right - or vice versa - put reverb or delay on one side and the other with a dry signal - your options are endless!
There are also of course many subtle variants of sound that can be produced by tapping different areas of the Beat Root, and by adjusting the EQ this opens up a really versatile range of sounds - going way beyond the standard 'thump!'
Tones also vary depending on your choice of foot wear - hard shoes will give a strong responsive fast attack, and softer shoes give a more gentle warm tone.
An essential addition for self-propelled soloists as well as fleshing up any larger percussion section. All the models can be played sitting or standing, and are great for beginners as well as professionals.
The Beat-root is robust, well built, portable, battery, power supply and noise free, and has sturdy rubber feet in case the stage is less than flat..
..and, it looks great!
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