I'm having problems with my drum kit

Discussion in 'Drums' started by J-MADD, Dec 21, 2004.

  1. J-MADD

    J-MADD Active Member

    Aug 19, 2004
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    I have a six piece set of pearls session custom series drums. I just installed a new set of Aquarian response 2 coated heads and they sound great, although I am pleased with the tone and response of these heads I dont like the fact that these drums project such a great amount of sustain. I have been able to reduce the amount of unwanted ring a little, but for recording purposes I would like to cut out as much over ring out as possible. I have used foam and tape on all of the lower heads to reduce ring but there must be an easier way to handle this problem! I have recently thought of installing the foam inserts which are usually placed under the batter side of the drumhead but I dont believe that this side of the drum is where the problem exsists, plus I don't want the tone of the drums to change instead I thought of placing the foam inserts on the bottom side? I have not seen this done before, but I have a feeling that this could fix the sustain problem that I am having.
  2. Thomaster

    Thomaster Guest

    i say, in the time you waited for a reply to this question, try it.
    itll take you an hour :cool:
  3. Sork

    Sork Active Member

    Oct 26, 2004
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    Get yourself some moongel damperpads. works great. http://www.rtom.com/damperpads.html
  4. Jeemy

    Jeemy Well-Known Member

    Sep 19, 2003
    I usually put pads of toilet tissue secured with masking tape on each head. Doesn't sound like it'll work any better, but I also so in Sound on Sound a drumkit with gaffer tape attached with about 10mm pulled up into a V but stuck together - make sense? So there is a 5mm ridge halfway along the tape.

    No idea if this worked or why it worked but if you're bored - have a go and let us know!
  5. mikE@THECAVE

    mikE@THECAVE Guest

    anything that gets the sound you want is right---Ringo used towels and they stuffed the bass drum with a blanket ect; so try anything tape whatever
  6. tripnek

    tripnek Active Member

    Jun 9, 2003
    Tuning is the key although a few moongels are a great help now and then. Start with the bottom head. Make sure you have new heads to start with. It amazes me still how many drummers buy new heads for the top and not the bottom. Old dry stretched heads make for hideous sustain. Single ply heads work fine but 2 plys reduce sustain more. Tune the bottom head as low as you can and still get a tone. Then detune just a hair more. Start the top head tuned low then go up to taste.
    That's a good place to start, but every drum is different and that sound may not exactly fit your needs. It's best to learn the fundamentals of tuning well then spend how ever many hours it takes to get the sound you want. Most kits can sound good without excessive damping. You just need a good set of heads and proper preperation.
    Try this:

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