Depths and Sizes
Our depth, which applies to all drums, we can get into that a little bit. Basically, the deeper the drum, the lower the fundamental pitch is going to be. However, the deeper the drum, the less sustain you're going to have out of the drum itself.
And that's counter intuitive
It is counter intuitive and we've noticed that the trend in bass drums at one point was to go super deep with the bass drums. That was to get a super low fundamental and also cut down the amount of resonance, so you didn't have to muffle it as much. The trend has since gone and settled in kinda an 18 inch depth on the bass drum in that area because they've found that you can get a little bit, you know, enough resonance and enough low end punch from the depth. With the toms, the same rule applies. If we're going to go shallower, we're gonna get a lot more sustain. The reason being is because there's less air between the two heads. When you hit the top head, it sends air to the bottom head, and then the bottom hea...
d reacts and sends air back to the top head. You have this sympathetic vibration. The shallower the capsule or the cylinder that it's working with, the quicker that's happening, and the longer it's going to sustain, or keep moving inside of the drum. When you increase the depth, it takes longer for the air to get to the bottom and the energy loses, loses over time, so as it's traveling longer distances, it's not gonna make as many repetitions between the two heads, so your sustain is going to be a lot shorter for a deeper drum.
I think it's just important to note, because I think a lot of people think it's the exact opposite.
People think deeper drum lasts forever, thunder.
Right. It's literally the opposite. All of our rack toms, our 12 inch toms, are all the same depth. Our floor toms are, we have two that are the same depth, which are 14 inch depth, and the last one is a traditional 16 by 16. Even when the 16 by 16 is tuned to the same pitches, it's going to sound like it has a little bit lower fundamental, just because it's a little bit deeper on the drum itself.
And we'll show you guys later. We'll do side-by-side AB comparison of the two, so you can hear exactly what we're talking about.
Right. As far as cymbals go, we have several different to choose from. They're all from the Byzance line from MEINL, which is their more traditional and dark sounding cymbals, which actually end up recording really well, because they're not amplified in the high end.
We can rely on more microphone selection to get the characteristics from the cymbals that we want, as opposed to the cymbals dictating where they're gonna live all the time, which is great.
It makes it a lot easier to work them in with high gain guitars, too, which also, anyone who works with high gain guitars know that they are a frequency hog. They swallow everything. Those upper-mids and high range, you really need to get those balanced with the cymbals right in order for a mix to work out and not get muddy. You actually get a lot more width that way, once you get those high-mids worked out. Cymbals like these make it a lot easier to deal with later.
I think that pretty much covers the basics of what we're working with now. Now we're going to go and figure out how we're gonna pick what we're gonna pick.
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