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Is a kick vent required on resonant head?

The existence and size of a port on a kick drum resonator head is a matter of personal preference. That said, they are popular for a reason. Without a port, the resonator head mostly seals the drum. ...
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How to close the gap between the engineered drum sound and the live drum kit?

I'm not sure you'll achieve this completely in a 200-seater, because the sound of the kit itself in the room will still be fully audible even from the cheap seats at the back, unless you are a loud ...
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What are the disadvantages of using an electronic drumset?

To be clear about what we are talking about, this is an electronic drum set: There are other ways to generate sounds that function as drums in a music production, including drum machines and several ...
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Wood hoops vs steel hoops

A short summary: flanged hoops: cheap and popular. Their low mass produce rich overtones which may lead to a headache when it comes to tuning. die-cast hoops: really solid and easier to tune. Some ...
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Heavy but silent acoustic drumming

Using Hot Rods would help a lot: They feel a lot more like using drum sticks, than using brushes, but are much quieter. (I'm a big fan of getting "enthusiastic" young drummers I work with ...
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Tuning Mesh drumheads

They are called "silent" for a reason! You should not expect to hear much more than the sticking when using these heads. Tuning, in my experience, will only serve two purposes: adjusting the bounce (...
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How to close the gap between the engineered drum sound and the live drum kit?

Let me tackle this from the other end, as it were, after clarification that this is to get a drummer to "turn down" rather than needing reinforcement to provide to 'whoomf'. This complements ...
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Heavy but silent acoustic drumming

I'm just going to add on to some of the already decent answers here. In your head you need to separate the idea that playing with energy means playing loud. Intensity and energy can happen even at ...
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Oil in Drum wooden shells to prevent wood to dry out

I'd be very very tempted to leave well alone & instead be extra careful about how they are stored. I've never tried it [nor would I] but tung oil works by curing to a hard, impenetrable surface. ...
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Heavy but silent acoustic drumming

There are some good answers for managing volume if you must use an acoustic kit. However in your question you also asked about an electronic kit (I'm not sure why they don't call them digital). I ...
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Heavy but silent acoustic drumming

With smooth jazz drumming the key is to play silent but technical. If you are worried about overpowering the band, try using sticks that are lighter, it makes the cymbals have less sustain. I would ...
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Heavy but silent acoustic drumming

The items in the previous post I call bundle sticks, which is a good option, but I think they are still pretty loud. How about regular jazz brushes? These are VERY quiet. I have also put masking tape ...
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Heavy but silent acoustic drumming

A common way to solve this is to have a drum shield (often made of plexi glass) in front of the set to stop some of the sound from reaching out.
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What are the disadvantages of using an electronic drumset?

First, understand that electronic drums main selling point is they aren't as loud as acoustic drums. The common consensus is to use acoustic drums if you can. Still, I have gotten noise complaints ...
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Is burying the beater a bad thing?

It's a personal preference. There are loads of famous and well-respected drummers who play each way. That said, I personally think it is better to play off the head, ie don't bury the beater. So, I ...
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Is burying the beater a bad thing?

I think it's a good idea to learn to not rely on burying the beater. As already discussed, holding the beater against drum head dampens the drum. It is a different sound, and if you prefer it or the ...
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Is burying the beater a bad thing?

You're resting your foot a bit more than lightly if the beater rests on the head. You're overcoming the effect of the spring, which will take some weight. There's a subtle damping that will go on - ...
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Is a kick vent required on resonant head?

Several reasons for having a hole in the front head of your bass drum. It changes the sound that is produced. Generally louder, brighter (due to higher harmonics produced and let out), and it changes ...
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Perfect fourth over perfect fifth?

First, I wouldn't normally tune to perfect fourths or perfect fifths. Instead, I would look for the lowest resonance of the shell and start off tuning to that. From there, if I don't like the sound, I ...
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How to close the gap between the engineered drum sound and the live drum kit?

Kick Even at lower volumes, the kick isn't that loud, and it really needs reinforcement to have the low end that people expect. It's hard to get away from just miking the kick. Toms A lot of recorded ...
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Choosing Drum Sticks as per size and wood

Your typical drumstick is made of Hickory wood which neither that dense nor that light. Maple is another popular wood for sticks but is lighter than Hickory. Your best bet would be sticks made out ...
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Choosing Drum Sticks as per size and wood

You should try Vater's Fusion sticks (http://www.vater.com/#!/product/10) These have a longer shaft than most sticks and for thickness, they are between a 5A and 5B with a ball nylon tip. I find them ...

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