Audix has been selected to provide a custom silver D6 kick drum microphone, along with the May Monorail internal kick drum mic mounting system, to be included as standard equipment in a limited edition of only one hundred 40th Anniversary Collector’s Series Drum Workshop kits.

“We’re very pleased to be a part of DW’s 40th Anniversary celebration and to have the D6 included as an integral component of the Collector’s Series Drumset,” says Audix VP of Sales, Cliff Castle.  “DW and Randall May International have been important partners and friends of ours for many years!”

“We wanted to celebrate this auspicious occasion with a premium kit”, explains Scott Donnel, V.P. Marketing, DW, “So we partnered with Audix and Randall May International to provide an equally premium internally-miked kick drum.”

“We chose the Audix D6 to outfit our limited edition 40th Anniversary kit because it’s quite simply one of today’s best workhorse microphones,” continues Donnel. “Plus, it’s the choice of so many high profile DW artists. They choose the D6 for a reason; Audix mics and DW drums are a potent combination!”

“The Monorail internal kick drum mic mounting system that we are debuting on the 40th Anniversary DW kit provides a consistent, secure way to position the Audix D6,” adds Randy May, founder of Randall May International. “The Monorail system provides precise positioning, from back to front, to manage the proximity effect of the D6; balancing the snap of the batter head with the tonal characteristics of the drum itself. Our system also provides positioning flexibility from shell to head center on a rotational axis.” The Monorail system can also accommodate a second Audix mic – an M44 for example – mounted forward to pick up the resonant front drum head.

– The Audix D6 dynamic instrument microphone features extended low-frequency response in a compact design. The D6 is equipped with a VLM™ diaphragm for natural, accurate sound reproduction. It is available individually or in several drum kit mic packages from authorized Audix dealers and distributors worldwide. (

– The May Monorail mounts internally to kick drums, utilizing existing drum hardware, and is hard-wired to the exclusive AVC Audio Vent Connector™ for a drill-free XLR connection; while maintaining proper drum venting. Pre-wired Monorail installation kits including the Audix D6 are available for aftermarket installation to nearly any kick drum and are distributed exclusively through Drum Workshop.  (

– Drum Workshop will make only one hundred  40th Anniversary Collector’s Series Tamo Ash Exotic drumsets; available worldwide on a very limited basis. The six-piece kit includes 8×10, 9×12, 12×14, 14×16 toms, 5.5×14 snare, and 18×22” kick drum.  Each set comes with a signed certificate of authenticity.    $11,814 MSRP.   (