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Nick Aghababian

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Re: How loud are drums?
« Reply #10 on: March 30, 2007, 11:18:37 am »

See, I don't get it. I've been drumming for 9 years, and I am not a loud drummer. I guess because of concert band, and the jazz bands I've been in, I learned early that ITS NOT ALL ABOUT ME! I know drummers like to think that, so they play like horses, but its not the right way!
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Re: How loud are drums?
« Reply #11 on: March 30, 2007, 11:57:12 am »

(I can't believe I'm writing the following sentence) In defense of drummers...
I'm currently working with a drummer that is so conscious of his levels on stage he uses various sticks and brushes depending on the song.  It is a theatrical production, by the way.
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Adam Whetham

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Re: How loud are drums?
« Reply #12 on: March 30, 2007, 12:09:03 pm »

Eric Snodgrass wrote on Fri, 30 March 2007 10:57

(I can't believe I'm writing the following sentence) In defense of drummers...
I'm currently working with a drummer that is so conscious of his levels on stage he uses various sticks and brushes depending on the song.  It is a theatrical production, by the way.


As should any other percussionist... I haven't played my drum set in 4-5 years and I still have my whole stick bag full of my brushes, 2B's, 5A's, Rods, Etc.

Just like a guitarist has to change his tune for a song, the percussionist should have to change his instrument.
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Re: How loud are drums?
« Reply #13 on: March 30, 2007, 12:14:27 pm »

Adam Whetham wrote on Fri, 30 March 2007 12:09


Just like a guitarist has to change his tune for a song, the percussionist should have to change his instrument.



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Re: How loud are drums?
« Reply #14 on: April 01, 2007, 03:19:39 am »

I recently worked with a jazz/pop combo - bunch of old guys.  Not only did they have the chops, the drummer was first I've worked with who's toms were the same volume as his snare - which was about as quiet as I've heard.  Was a fun group.

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Re: How loud are drums?
« Reply #15 on: April 01, 2007, 03:34:44 am »

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...Interesting fact

Quiet groove: drummer ears 105 db - 5 feet 100 db - 25 feet 96 db...



Interesting and false. A good melodic drummer can play close to the limits of audibility. I know I've heard a drummer make sounds that were quiet as a church mouse DURING HIS SOLO all the while keeping the audience rapt.

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Re: How loud are drums?
« Reply #16 on: April 01, 2007, 04:57:27 am »

Michael 'Bink' Knowles wrote on Sun, 01 April 2007 02:34

Quote:

...Interesting fact

Quiet groove: drummer ears 105 db - 5 feet 100 db - 25 feet 96 db...



Interesting and false. A good melodic drummer can play close to the limits of audibility. I know I've heard a drummer make sounds that were quiet as a church mouse DURING HIS SOLO all the while keeping the audience rapt.

-Bink


Yup,

The guys I'm working with switched drummers.
He just happened to be my roadie.
...funny how those things work out.

Bill is a percussionist.
Meticulous tuned and polished kit.
Excellent dynamic range.
And it's sooo nice to not listen to a piccillo snare.

BTW, sitting in the drum rig, one is at the center of the snare.
That bugger makes sound everywhere 'cept the zone.
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Nick Aghababian

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Re: How loud are drums?
« Reply #17 on: April 01, 2007, 06:33:54 am »

I HATE piccolo snares! I've been drumming for quite a while now, and have been in a very broad range of band types and cannot stand loud drummers. Maybe from drumming in jazz combos, and concert percussion, I have always realized that the show isn't just about me. I just don't have it in me to be an overly loud drummer.
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Re: How loud are drums?
« Reply #18 on: April 01, 2007, 04:19:38 pm »

Scott Deeter wrote on Fri, 30 March 2007 11:14

Adam Whetham wrote on Fri, 30 March 2007 12:09


Just like a guitarist has to change his tune for a song, the percussionist should have to change his instrument.



I just push a button or 2 Very Happy

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CHEATER!!!
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Re: How loud are drums?
« Reply #19 on: April 02, 2007, 03:26:59 am »

I may be in the minority, but I like piccolo snares and full volume drums, as long as the drummer has dynamics and can keep excellent time.  The tone really does change quite a bit from a light tap to full shot.  Both have their place; I find myself against '100% soft' more than too loud.    

A lot of my experience has been with either church drummers that have a nervous twitch from backlash from playing over 40dB, or playing with great drummers in >>100 cap rooms.  It's nice to only need a kick mic for the kit  Very Happy  

I'm sure VDrums can sound good, still searching...
I'm planning on getting my hearing checked soon, listening to the drummer's wedge and kit during practice has taken a toll.

Caleb

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