Snare too loud

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  1. Kapt.Krunch

    Kapt.Krunch Well-Known Member

    Nov 21, 2005
    I guess this is the place to put this?

    Anyway, I was talking to some new friends Friday night at the local pub. They have a band, and said everything was going well EXCEPT their drummer's snare was always too loud in practice.

    "Turn up your amps!". Naw, they are sane enough to know that a reasonable stage volume is easier to control.

    This is in their practice room. Drums aren't mic'ed for practice.

    "Tell the drummer to quit being so ham-fisted". Yeah, right. Try telling a drummer ANYthing :wink: (C'mon now, just KIDDING!)

    "How about some duct tape on the head where he hits it? Offer to pay for a new head if it doesn't work out." Naw...probably wouldn't go for that.

    "A tea towel over it?" I dunno.

    "Retune the drums?" Well, probably DOES need to be retuned, but won't keep him from beating the snot out of them.

    "DIFFERENT snare head?" Possibly.

    "Lighter sticks?" Possibly.

    Any quick and relatively inexpensive solutions anyone could recommend? A combination of some of the above?

    I'll print out the answers for them to present to Bam-Bam. :p


  2. MadTiger3000

    MadTiger3000 Active Member

    Nov 16, 2004

    Get the drummer some rods.
  3. HansAm

    HansAm Active Member

    Jun 4, 2005
    Nasty buisness, but i take my swetter of and mount it around the snare. To cover the bottom. It takes a few desibels away without distorting the feeling when hit.
  4. drumist69

    drumist69 Active Member

    Feb 26, 2005
    North Carolina, USA
    In rehearsal, to avoid blowing the guys heads off with my snare, I'll turn the snares off and dial up the tension so I still get a little snare sizzle. I also tune the snare much lower in pitch than I do for live gigs. Occasionally I'll break out a little 3" x 13" piccolo snare which just makes less noise than my main snare. Hope this helps! Andy
  5. Kapt.Krunch

    Kapt.Krunch Well-Known Member

    Nov 21, 2005
    Thanks, guys,

    I'll pass those and any others on. I guess I probably shouldn't let him try THESE?

    Kapt.Krunch :lol:

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  6. Randyman...

    Randyman... Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2003
    Houston, TX
    As mentioned, a loose/low-tuned snare will be MUCH quieter than one that is tuned high. MUCH quieter.

    Maybe try one of those "V-Drum" heads on the snare? Then, you will only hear the snare-side volume in the room, but tone will obviously suffer.

    If he is not willing to compromise in one way or another, then there is NOTHING you can really do. The ball is in his court, and the band's sound depends on it...

    I'm also a harder hitter. I grew up with a 200-Watt Marshall + 4x12" in my ear since I was 8 years old - so I always had to play harder to hear myself :rolleyes: . Believe me, it's not something you can just "get over" in a few months. I actually mic my Kick at practice so the Snare and Kick end up being the same relative loudness. Damn drummers - WE RULE!!! :p


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