DIRECT INTERVENTIONS ON THE BATTERY
We finally get advice on how to “dampen” the volume and then how to silence the battery. I mentioned at the beginning that this is a compromise. Nothing could be truer, no matter how we use it, let’s forget the taste of playing the drums as we would like, because in addition to the sound the feeling changes, the feeling with the instrument, goodbye all the part of the sound regulation, playing with tuning, etc.
The first thing I tried was the famous pieces of cloth on the plates and drums. Rags, tea towels, snare drum, toms and eardrums stuffed into pillowcases and lots of blankets in the case. The soundproofing effect is there but goodbye sounds and above all goodbye rebounds.
Very frustrating. Really.
I switched to the sound-offs, that is those soft rubber pads, of black color, which are put on the drums and on the plates. They have the advantage of not costing much, of being applicable very quickly and of not being aesthetically ugly like the pieces of cloth, but also goodbye sound and a decidedly compromised rebound.
“Decrease the battery volume,
often coincides with decreasing fun too “
Another DIY solution adopted by many is to fill the drums with blankets, towels and other pieces of fabric. By removing the air inside the drums, the noise is also removed and the battery is silenced. I recommend filling them well otherwise the sound is heard.
This is a solution that I do not like as it is uncomfortable (remove all the skins, fill and put them back) and lose the rebound (with the covers touching the skin).
THE MESH SKINS
Another solution (at least for the drums) is the mesh leathers. I have already talked about this in the part dedicated to electronic batteries. Mesh skins (maybe I found them when I was 15!) Are probably the best compromise. They are the skins of electronic drums, formed by a dense mosquito net-like lattice that is applied to the stem-like normal skin. The volume is very much lower and the rebound is very good, plus being able to use them like normal skins, you can adjust the voltage to your liking. A solution that I really like. On the other hand, however, he has to remove the original skins and take some time.
It’s a problem if you often use that battery for tests or for live shows, but if you only use it for practice then you have found the compromise less painful. Then in the future, you could buy some very cheap triggers so you can hear sounds in your headphones without disturbing and maybe experimenting with creating new sounds. Mesh skins are now produced by all the major leather producers, Remo, Tama, Roland, Tdrum, Peace, etc. and the prices are very similar to normal skins.
AND FOR THE DISHES?
As for the dishes, if you settle for having them dumb, you could use either old plates of electronic drums or real round plastic pieces, you can make them of the size you prefer, pierce them in the center and put neoprene on them. Here you have a round shape that will not make noise. Obviously the answer will not be the one you expect, but as an extreme remedy very cheap it can go well.
If instead you want to keep a minimum of real response but keep a very low volume, keep your plates and put the appropriate sound-off like the one in the picture, which works well and you won’t have to invent anything else.
Some famous brands such as Zildjian have created small-volume dishes. I invite you to take a look. They decrease the volume and keep the feeling of a real dish. They are not really cheap, and they are not very silent, but maybe they could do for you, as not everyone needs to cut down the volume. A hand for the volume can give it the magnets of Meinl, but it is a more suitable remedy to dampen the dish a little especially when you play in a small room, rather than eliminating the volume completely.
“To silence the battery or put something inside the drums,
or above, or using mesh skins “
There are no other miraculous tricks to silence the battery, because in the end, in the absence of a soundproof room, you put something inside the drums, or on top, or you have some mesh skins. If then as for the discourse of dishes with reduced volume, your needs are only to attenuate the volume a little, then you can experiment with dozens of do-it-yourself methods, scotch, sordature, pieces of rubber obtained from mouse pads and more. it has, the more you put it.
Alternatively, space on the electronic drums, with its pros and cons, which you can obviously read.
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