Why Are There Screens Around Drummers

Posted by Mike Schumacher

Drum screens are used to control acoustic problems with drums for the studio and live. This article will these drum screens are important and give you tips for getting the best sound out of your drums.

This article is aimed at drummers who play indoors. The first time you are recording drums indoors, the results may not be as good as you would like.

This is because your drum sounds are being dampened by the walls, people talking, and even the air conditioning. As a drummer, you are up close to your drum.

The closer you get, the more distortion you are going to hear.

So, before you start recording your drums in the studio or playing live, you need to take care of the two things. The first is to find a good drum room or drum room.

The second is to choose the best drum pads and in pads that will give you the most control and dynamics to ensure you get the best sounding drums possible.

Drum pads, as they are known, are simply sound reinforcement that comes in different sizes. They can be of many different styles and patterns.

A good way of finding the best drum pads is to go to your local drum shop and try out different styles. I always go for a round soundhole for my first set.

I also have a flat soundhole to the right. You can also see my most used pad brands.

In this case, the pads I used were provided by Digidesign.

Tips for choosing the best drum pads

Photo was taken during CO17(a Christian youth conference) at BEM Hosanna, Sibu. I was the drummer! Such a fun kit to play!

In my experience as a session drummer, I have used Digidesign drums on various projects, and have never had a problem with their pads.

The only problem is that the use of drum pads can get quite confusing. If you are using Digidesign drum pads, you need to check the sizing options to ensure you get the best results.

For example, check the dip in the pads that you are using. These pads are very sensitive and will not get too close to the kick drum.

Use the choice of pads that will give you a great sound, and that is easy to install and clean.

  • Tip 1: Put the kick drum pad with the 2 inside and the pad with the 2 outside to test the level of the sound.
  • Tip 2: Put the bass drum pad with the 2 inside and the pad with the 2 outside to test the level of the sound.
  • Tip 3: Use a static acoustic pressure test pad as well as a drum pad.
  • Tip 4: Use a static acoustic pressure test pad on both the right and left sides.

What to look for in the drum-set-head

drummer playing live

If you want to know how a drum head sounds, don’t listen to the front head. Look for the bass drum head and compare how it sounds to the bass drum.

The snare drum head is the same.

  • Tip 1: Plug your own snare drum into a console, and then plug your own back snare head into the console.
  • Tip 2: Listen to the sound of your snare drum, and don’t let it be picked up by the bass drum heads that are sitting on top.
  • Tip 3: If you can, get one of the better snare heads. I like the one by Kicksonic that is not only a lot heavier than other snare heads but also has the convenience of wire pointings.
  • Tip 4: If you have the room to try all three snare heads, go for a light sound head and a bass sound head. The bass sound head is to give you more low-end, and the light head will have a bright sound that you can adjust to your taste.
  • Tip 5: Look for a snare head that is not too heavy so that you can play with it easier.
  • Tip 6: If you have more than one drummer in the studio, buy the same snare head to avoid having to swap.

Tips for finding the best drums

drum drills for beginners

When you go to the drum shop, you will find a few different sizes of drum sets. You need to look at what size drum set is best for you and your drums.

  • Tip 1: Always check the back drum pad for the sensitivity level and flatness.
  • Tip 2: Look for the bass drum pad and compare how it sounds compared to the main pad.
  • Tip 3: Check if the snare pad with the 2 inside is the best snare pad for you.
  • Tip 4: Look for the bass drum pads and compare how they sound compared to your main pad.
  • Tip 5: Look for the snare pad with the 2 inside and the pad with the 2 outside. These are the ones that I use for all my gigs.
  • Tip 6: This is my most used snare pad and I have used them on all my albums and films.

Don’t use cheap drums

Don’t buy cheap drums. Don’t let the drum set just sit around and collect dust.

Get the best drums you can afford and play them often.

Your kit is an investment that can make a big difference to your overall sound.

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