I own a set of Saturns. They absolutley have the best tone of any drums I've owned or played, name them. The shels are 4 outer plys of Maple, and two inner plys of walnut, Also they are loud
. We've had issues micing them when I first got them because of how loud they are, the overtones and sustain. I use clear Amb's on the batter's and clear Emp's on the reso's. EC2's deadened them to much IMO. If I have an unwanted ring, I stick a moongel tight against the rim.
I did have to go to extremes with muffeling the kic's as I'm not triggering right now. All of you are gonna think I'm crazy and full of sh*t, but this works. My kicks have a very low "Whauom", (is that a word?) that hangs there. They're 24"x20", so they're pretty big drums. I use an Aquarian
vented kickpad and an EMAD batter. A good buddy of mine convinced me to try this, since I've been batteling that incesent "Whauom" for a couple months.
I took the batter completely off, and layed a 3 1/2'x3 1/2' bed sheet over the drum, replaced the head and rim and finger tightened all the bolts. I them pulled the sheet tight against the head and tightened the rim down a couple turns each lug and trimmed the exposed sheet off, being careful of the finish. Then I tuned it where I wanted it at.
I flipped the drum and removed the reso. I placed two felt strips across the drum and repeated the process for the batter. One felt is about a fifth away down from the top, the other is just below dead center on the head. Tuned it just to where it has a recognizable tone/note.
I set it up and mic'd it with a D6, and it was "BOOM" with no overtone "Whaom" and killer attack
. Depending on the room/venue I'll use just a straight up SM52. I get the best response pointing either mic up facing the top of the batter rim. One other trick is to position a SM57 just behind and to the side of where my beater is stricking the head. I use a desk stand to mount it.
Sorry to be so long winded, but you will love the Saturns if you buy them. Each drum, as always has a "sweet spot". I played with tuning mine when I got them for two days till I found Nirvana.