Some Answers to the most frequently asked questions we get! – And… until I can get around to posting them, please ask your questions in the comments section, I’m more than happy to answer.  The goal of this page is to give you guys (my readers) an actual useful FAQ page… not some keyword bloated page.  So please, Ask away, and in the meantime I’ll be working on getting some content in this section.

6 Responses to “FAQ”

  1. rolandSeptember 5, 2013 at 3:32 PM #


    I’ve listened to your “how to record a djembe” files for I don’t know how many times. What puzzles me most is that you were using pretty cheap gear but got really good results! I’m not getting anywhere near the sound quality of your unprocessed files. My djembe sounds (and looks) pretty much the same as yours (at least when playing) – by “toubab” Standards I’m a really advanced player, but my recordings really suck. Especially with the sm 57 (which doesn’t pick up the room too much) there is an audible difference to your files – My recordings sound unnatural and the sm 57 “bite” is way too strong. So my question is: did you really use the pres of your m-Audio? Are they that good or was there a top-notch stand alone pre-amp in your recording chain.

    thanx in advance

    • Kevin BrownDecember 29, 2013 at 8:19 AM #

      Thanks for writing Roland. I’ve been away from the blog for a bit.. need to get back at it! If the attack seems too harsh with the 57, try backing it up some. You’ll get more room noise the further you get, but it’s still a very directional mic, so it wont pick up too much. Put on some headphones and play around with the angle and the distance of the mic. My unprocessed files go right from the mic through the m-audio interface to final cut. Not processing or filters turned on. The sm57 is not an ideal mic for the djembe, but it works ok with some playing around. A good quality large diaphragm condenser mic would be my first choice.. positioned higher than the drum and at least 8-10 back. It would pick up the most accurate sound from the drum, but would require a studio space, or good sounding room.

  2. martin brightNovember 5, 2014 at 5:52 PM #

    Hi Guys at RHD, just seen the photo of your fabulous Super requinto. are you making them available in the UK? If so who is selling them over here? Many thanks, Martin

    • Kevin BrownNovember 5, 2014 at 11:47 PM #

      Thank you! RHD has plans to start building many more Congas and other styles of hand drums. As far as getting them overseas – We don’t have any distributors outside of the US, however We do ship internationally and have sent quite a few drums that way. Send an email to info@rhythmhousedrums.com if you’d like more info or a quote.

  3. DaveMarch 9, 2017 at 11:17 AM #

    Are the African goat skins tested for anthrax? Thanks.

    • Kevin BrownApril 14, 2017 at 7:57 AM #

      I hear this every so often. Anthrax is a spore that occurs naturally and can be in some dirt / grasses. There is a very small change that the spurs get picked up by a goat rolling in the grass. There are also lots of checks and opportunity to cleanse the hide after slaughter. The last check is customs – which will put the skins through a chemical check if they don’t have the proper paper work. Cases of Anthrax in the US is extremely rare, and in the 2 cases I’ve heard about – the skins were brought back and not gone through the proper check points.

      I import my skins through customs and with paperwork clearing each shipment. Every legit company in this business does the same, so the chances of exposure when purchasing through a well known supplier has been eliminated.

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