Sound Chamber

Taking Music to the Next Realm

Welcome to The Sound Chamber . Here we will explore different ideas of percussion sounds, techniques & set ups. This will not just be Gongs, but anything percussive and soundwise. One of the more interesting aspects of percussion is that it can be anything: there are no rules, no limits to using your imagination. 

In my work as both a percussionist, I use everything at my disposal to create the sounds and music I hear in my head, and feel in my soul.

In addition, I’ve been a tinkerer over the years, making my own mallets and instruments. I’ve also done a lot of building of equipment racks. I built my 1st drum set racks back in the mid-1970s, way before any commercial racks were available. Besides racks for my drums, I had a large rack going around my set holding Gongs, bells, chimes, and other percussion instruments.


My self-made rack set up circa 1979

You can find plans below for building a versatile Gong rack out of Gibraltar rack hardware. I hope you enjoy these explorations!

Michael Bettine

There are no secrets, only things you do not know yet. ~ Singal Rinpoche

Extended Techniques:

Metal - Part 1

Metal - Part 2

Bowing - Part 1

Bowing - Part 2




Mallet Grip

Do It Yourself:

Gong Hooks

Gong Racks

Friction Mallets

A Basic Guide To Gong Racks

A video showing how I set up my Gong rack, Gongs, & Singing Bowls

Gong Rack Parts

Build your own GibraltarGong Rack* as pictured:

(Download a PDF of this here)

For the actual Gong hooks, see the link above left.

* Note that there are a few differences between the rack pictured and the rack in the video. 

I like Gibraltar racking because I can easily adapt it to my needs. You can easily

change this to create a larger (like below), or smaller, rack.

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My current Gong rack set up as of September 2018. As you 

can see, it is an expanded version of the one above.

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Here it is all loaded and ready, with the front percussion table.

It’s now August 2019 and my set up has changed/expanded. Photos to be posted shortly…

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