Many of my snare drums sound great with little to no effort. But others required a little more effort and imagination. Here are some tips and trick I have used to make even difficult snare drums sound great.
I want a lightweight, quick and easy drum set up. So in that spirit I have always gone with minimal and lightweight hardware and added memory locks, Tama Quick-Set Cymbal Mates, a Meinl Percussion Tray etc.
When it comes to pop music, I have been using a Yamaha DTX-MULTI 12 on many of my gigs. When I add a Yamaha HH65 Hi-Hat Controller, Yamaha KP65 Kick Tower and Yamaha XP80 Snare Pad I have a complete electronic drum set.
AHEAD Speed Kick (Switch Kick) bass drum system allows quick changes to a variety of custom bass drum beaters. And the Speed Kick Stick Bag holds 4 beaters and 6-10 pair of sticks conveniently attached to a floor tom.
Aquarian offers a quality selection of vintage style drum heads designed to provide a vintage sound and appearance on drum set. These heads are especially suited for older vintage drum sets.
Recently, I have become a fan of Aquarian drum heads. Not the largest selling manufacturer of drum heads. But they do offer innovative and high quality heads for drum set that sound great in a variety of musical applications.
I have primarily been using my Yamaha DTX Multi-12 in live applications. I used it for musicals and orchestral gigs when I couldn’t cover all the parts, didn’t want to move large/heavy equipment or there wasn’t much space for percussion. But recently I discovered how well it worked in a recording studio setting.
I have discussed cowbells previously on Drum Set Tips. Recently, I realized that I have slightly changed my original recommendations to now include Pearl Elite ECB23 Mounted Agogo Bells along with a LP 228 Black Beauty SR and a LP 205 Timbale cowbell.
I am now using a Yamaha DTX-MULTI 12 Electronic Percussion Pad. I have no intention of replacing my acoustic drum set with an electronic drum set. And electronic percussion sounds are NOT as good as the “real” thing. But the DTXM12 allows me to cover percussion parts that previously went unplayed.
If you play drum set long enough, at some point you are going to hear: “You’re too loud – play softer”. Since you can’t just turn the amp volume down, you will need to be prepared for this inevitable situation. The ability to play soft and dynamically balance the ensemble is a must for a working drummer.