Single-layer skins (Snare): They are the most widespread, versatile and, as already indicated, are the most suitable for the snare drum. They can be transparent (clear) and sandblasted (coated), and their sound is brilliant, rich in acute harmonics, with a long sustain and an average duration. You can find models with a central damper that greatly reduces high frequencies and increases resistance. Those that present a film along the diameter, have the harmonics damped but without affecting the low frequencies. The most common models are Remo Ambassador Clear and Coated, Aquarian Classic Clear, Evans Genera (the latter also have double layers). The biggest difference between the clear and the sandblasted is given by the fact that the latter is warmer and with more body, moreover, they are indispensable if you want to obtain the rustling effect using the brushes.
“The single-layer sandblast is the
most common choice for snare drum “
The monolayers can be of different thickness (thin, medium) and muffed, which is sorbate. As the thickness increases, the skin turns out to be more resistant and allows the drummer more “thug” to tune to high tones, resisting high dynamics. The most famous mediums are the Remo Ambassadors, Renaissance, Evans G1, Aquarian Satin Texture Coated, while the mutes are the Evans Generate Dry.
Double layer skins: As can be easily understood, the double layers are more resistant than the monolayers, and have a more controlled resonance and a fuller attack. Their main use is on toms, and they are mainly used in rock. The Pin-Stripes (the classic skins with the black circle at 3 cm from the edge) tend to be a cross between the single-layer and the total double-layer.
Hydraulic skins: This is the darkest skin and lacks any sustain. They are called that because they have a liquid between the two layers. They adapt well to high tuning, guaranteeing good rebound without sacrificing yield on low frequencies.
“Beginners often confuse pin-stripe skins with hydraulics”
Mesh skins: Created exclusively for electronic drum pads. Today they are also mounted on the drums of acoustic drums to reduce the volume, especially for those who have to exercise and have volume problems. They are a recommended alternative to the usual DIY sings and tires placed on the drums, as they allow you to keep a rebound very similar to that of normal Mylar skins. They are composed of a very fine Teflon mesh and even these like “normal” leathers can be single-layer or double-layered. The latter has an even more faithful rebound.
Resonant skins: It is good to speak a little also about resonant skins, often overlooked or taken for granted by many novice drummers. Even here, as for the doors, we can use the leather of varying thickness, enhancing the response, sensitivity, and resonance in the case of thin skins (thin), and instead of having a drier sound and with little response in the case of thicker skins.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I REPLACE LEATHER?
Here the answer is often very subjective, in the sense that apart from the cases in which the skin breaks, the determining factor is the availability of money. In general, when skin loses its sound characteristics and when there is no more elasticity and uniformity of tension then it is time to change it.
With a little experience, you will gradually realize when the time comes when the skin “no longer plays” , even varying the tuning and forcing it a little.
As for sandblasting, the first thing that will happen is that the sandblasting is consumed, first from the points where it is hit most often and then by the others. It is evident that if the sandblasting is fundamental for the sound rendering (for example if you play with the brushes) then the replacement will take place more frequently than if you play with classic rods.
In general, skins are often used to the limit and for amateur users, it is a frequent and normal thing, and their change is often used as an opportunity to try other types to gain some experience.
“Attention to new skins, at first they must
settle down and tend to lose tuning “
Even more advanced users often carry skins to the end of their musical life, especially in batteries used exclusively for rehearsals or studies.
Should you need to enter the recording studio or start a series of concerts, it is a good idea to be found with a new set of skins to have maximum sound and to make the most of the drums.