Reasons Why Get an Electronic Drum Set

Often, a good kind of drum to buy is an electronic drum set. Whatever kind of drum set that you are getting, whether that is a kids drum set or a drum set that is going to be used at live shows, an electronic drum set can be a great first purchase. And while they are slightly more different than a traditional drum set, and they are also a bit more expensive too, they are still worth getting despite those differences. And these are the reasons why getting them is so amazing.

Portability of the drum set

One of the downsides of playing the drums is how difficult to carry a drum set is. It is very hard to carry around a drum set because the drums themselves are so large, not to mention the additional drum hardware parts are pretty numerous too. In addition to those large round drums, you will need to carry pedals and stands too. You can reduce your load if you just use an electronic drum set. These drum sets are more portable because they have smaller parts. And you they are easier and lighter to carry around too.

Wide range of sounds

You can produce hundreds of different kinds of sounds with an electronic drum set. You are not limited by only a small range of sounds when you use an electronic drum set. You can create and produce percussion sounds using an electronic drum set, that you would otherwise not have access to with a set of traditional drums. An electronic drum set is not only smaller, but a skilled musician will be able to create a wider array of music using an electronic drum set. It is a really good idea to use an electronic drum set if you are concerned about the range of sounds that you can produce.

Easier set up

An electronic drum set is also easier to set up than a traditional set of drums. While a normal drum set will take quite some time to set up, because parts and components have to be assembled, the same is not true with an electronic drum set. In only a few short several minutes, an electronic drum set will be ready to start being played. If you want a speedier process of setting up a drum set, then you should consider getting an electronic drum set.

You should consider getting an electronic drum set right now. Most kids drum sets are electric, so you should probably be getting an electronic drum set for your children anyway because it is much better for children to use an electronic drum set. And if you are going to get a drum set for yourself, you should make your purchase an electronic one. If you do get an electronic drum set, you will find that it is so much more convenient to one than a traditional drum set. And you will also be able to play some great music using an electronic drum set.

 

Finding Hip Hop Drum Samples

How to Build Up Your Library of Drum Sounds

Many will agree that the foundation of great hip hop production is in the drums. Many will also agree that if your drums are great, then anything is gonna sound good on top of them.

The first step in production before creating your drum patterns, is building up a library of kicks, snares, hi-hats, and maybe some shakers, cymbals or other interesting hits. The great thing about drum hits is that each one has it’s own character and there are an infinite amount of ways you can gather that character. Here are a few ideas:

Chop Individual Drum Hits from an Old CD, Record or MP3 File.

Head down to the vinyl store, pick out a few gems, head back home and get to work chopping out the drum hits. The great thing about sampling vinyl is you’re gonna get that old school rawness to your sound. A feeling of authenticity! Alternatively, you can pick out drum hits from CDs or MP3 files – just go with whatever sounds good. (Use a wave editing program on your computer to cut out your required audio e.g: Adobe Audition, Steinberg WaveLab or GoldWave.

Download or Buy Sample Packs!

There are thousands of sample packs out there that can give you excellent drums. Take a browse and listen online to the preview clips or visit your local pro-audio shop and get to work, looking through their sample catalogue. Alternatively, you can find free drum samples, online..

Record Your Own Drum Kit Hits

The great thing about sampling is – you don’t need to be John Bonham to create great sounding drum loops. Simply recording each drum hit into your audio system, will later, give you the flexibility of sequencing your own drum pattern which will be as simple or complex as you desire. Perhaps you have a drummer friend or an old drum kit lying around. Record that!

Trade With Other Producers

Get on sites and begin talking with fellow beatmakers and producers. Send them some of your drum hits and ask them to return the favour! This is my personal favourite way of building up a strong collection.

Beatbox

I’m serious. Get a good quality microphone, plug it into your setup and begin letting out some percussive vocal sounds. You don’t need to be an expert beatboxer either remember, because you’re just recording one sound at a time. Learn how to vocalize drum hits on web sites. Record each drum sound separately into your favourite wave editor or D.A.W and save your new vocalized drum hits into your sound library!

Conclusion

I hope you found the information in this article useful. Remember – there are endless possibilities for gathering percussive sounds. Hitting a cardboard box really hard with a shoe and recording it, for example will give you a percussive sound with a character of it’s own! Be experimental and see what works best for you.

How to engage the kids with drum sets

How to engage the kids with drum sets

Below appending are few tips and ideas that help your kids keeping engaged also using their intelligence on learning things very easily!

Answer your toddler

Although toddlers are starting to understand what you say to them, they become anxious when they don’t know what’s coming next so one of the best ways to drawn-out possible problems is to let them know what lies ahead.

Be consistent and steady

Try to stick to the same routine and he/she will be more accepting. If he/she gets away with something one time, he/she will try to get away with it every time so you have to be firm.

Avoid haggling

If your toddler starts a temper tantrum, try to avoid haggling. So don’t offer to give him something if he stops the tantrum. Be firm. Your toddler has feelings, but he/she cannot always express them. This may be when he/she routes to temper tantrums. If you toddler has a temper tantrum then leave the room as he/she will soon stop if there is no one there to witness the tantrum.

Play with them

Try spending your kids with playing toys, among them drum set for kids 2017 will be the best choice. Kids’ drums with all set of playing features along with learning features help them diverting easily and make them learning things easily. Drums also help you kid to induce the motor sense organs as one of the greater effects.

Do hugs and cuddles

Even though he is growing up fast, your toddler still likes to be babied from time to time. Take time to cuddle him, to play with him and to listen to him.

Having a home that is child friendly with toys and activities at his level makes him a real good toddler and if possible access to somewhere he can run and jump and shout. If he has plenty to do and explore, he is less likely to want to those things that belong to other members of the family.

 

How Cymbals Impact a Drum Kit

How Cymbals Impact a Drum Kit

When you get a drum kit, you get drums, cymbals, and sometimes various other percussion instruments like the cowbell, wood blocks, chimes, or tambourines. The set is set up in a way that a single drummer can play them all without the help of anyone else. When you look at a typical cymbal, you will notice a bell, a bow, and an edge or rim.

Cymbals are the most common non-drum percussion instrument. The cymbals produced today to done sound a definite note, however the small cup shaped cymbals which resemble those of ancient times do have a particular pitch. Cymbals are a metal instrument constructed out of various alloys.

Not only do you hear cymbals in rock and roll music. They are also common parts of modern orchestras, military bands, concert bands, marching bands, and a variety of other bands. Even though cymbals became a part of drum kits later then many of the other non-drum percussion instrument mentioned above, you can usually find even a basic drum kit equipped with either a suspended cymbal or a pair of hi-hat cymbals. You can’t beat the role a cymbal plays in a drum kit.

Two large, concave brass plate usually make up the typical cymbal. Many times cymbals come with leather hand straps. They are designed in a way that when they are hit together, it is not the interior that touches, but the outside edges. While cymbals go untuned, they are used in a variety of ways to produce a large variety of sounds.

You can find cymbals in a variety of sizes and shapes. You can find them small enough to simply play them with your fingers. If you have a cymbal suspended on a string or a stand, you can use a mallet or a drumstick to strike it.

How you plan on using your cymbal as a part of your drum kit will determine what role your cymbals will play. You can find a variety of cymbals in today’s musical world, including: orchestral cymbals, crash cymbals, suspended cymbals, and ancient cymbals.

Let’s first look at orchestral cymbals.

When cymbals are included in a drum kit they are usually used to make odd and surprising sound effects or to add a bit of military color. The penetrating sound made by cymbals can have a dramatic impact in conjunction with an orchestra playing fortissimo. Cymbals are usually used to denote frenzy, fury, or bacchanalian revels.

Now let’s look at crash cymbals.

Many times cymbals that are included in a drum kit are played along with the bass drum in an identical rhythm. In older music, there are times when the composer wrote the music so that this pair of instruments were the only percussion playing. If the bass drum was to stay silent they wrote the musing as senza piatti or piatti soli (which is Italian for without cymbals or cymbals only).

However, in modern music cymbals are meant to have a parts designed specifically for them. When the two parts are played loudly, it will emphasize a note because playing the two instruments together produce a very low and a very high frequency. This produces a rewarding crash-bang-wallop.

Let’s look at the suspended cymbal.

When a suspended cymbal is used as part of a drum kit, it can produce a variety of sounds. If the cymbal is struck hard, it will create a bright and slicing tone. If struck lightly and played quietly, it can make a creepy clear windy sound. You can go from almost inaudible sounds to an tremendous climax if you use a tremolo or a roll. In order to preform this, you need to play the cymbal using a couple of mallets. The mallets need to swap and strike on other sides of the cymbal.

Finally, let’s discus ancient cymbals.

When ancient cymbals are used as part of a drum kit, the effect is dignified. Using these cymbals is very rare in modern music. The quality the produce is completely different from other cymbal styles. The sound resembles that of hand bells or of a keyed harmonica.

Do Drum Shields Really Work?

Throwing a Shield in Front of Your Drums May Not Be Enough

Whether you are in a club, arena, small church, large church, bar, or studio, the fact is drums get to be pretty loud. And in each case, that sound needs to be contained in one way or another. In larger settings, the sound needs to be captured in the purest form possible and amplified. In smaller settings, it simply needs to softened to a level that allows for a comfortable mix around it.

Most of my experience comes from the church setting, so that’s the perspective I’m writing from, but these principles can be carried over to many other applications.

The first thing most bands or churches do is buy a drum shield, set it up around the kit, and expect to have the drums contained. This is a good start, but you have to look at your entire setting before assuming you’re doing the right thing. A drum shield is not a containment device, as much as it is a redirection device. It does not absorb the sound of the drums, it just deflects it, thus softening the loudness of the drums for the audience, and allowing the sound guy to mix cleanly around them. It also keeps the sound of the drums from bleeding over into the vocal mics, which can wreak havoc on even the best mix. Take a good look behind the drum kit. What sort of space and surface is back there? A drum sheild in front of a solid brick wall will make your sound guy want to rip the ears right off the side of his head. Or, in the case of the last church I worked at, if it’s a brick/plaster wall with a forward slope above the drums, you’ll do nothing but shoot the sound straight up and out, which in our case meant killing the ears of anyone in the balcony. If you’re fortunate enough to have a deep stage with high ceilings and some kind of acoustical treatment, the sheild will work just fine. It will keep the sound moving backwards and up, the drummer will pick up most of the noise, and the rest will disappear to the back. But in any sort of small, contained stage setting, just a drum shield isn’t enough– and in some cases, it will actually hinder the mix rather than help it.

Be prepared to put some acoustical treatment, like foam wedges, or sound absorbent panels (see ClearSonic, Inc.), behind the kit, or possibly even in front. You’ll have to experiment, but just keep in mind the properties of the drum shield: It’s not absorbing sound, it’s reflecting it a different direction. The sound has to go somewhere. Even in a small room, if you can manage to get that sound contained and absorbed, you can throw a couple mics on the kit and things will work pretty smoothly. The smaller or more odd the acoustical properties of the room, the more you’ll fight with it, and the more you’ll have to experiment. But start with a shield, and be prepared for a lot of trial and error… but a thorough evaluation of the space you’re using will help you out.

How to Use Compression on a Snare Drum

How to Use Compression on a Snare Drum

Without a good snare drum sound, it’s hard to envision a good-sounding song at all–the snare drum is the snap, pop, or even the ambiance of a track, depending on its use, but in all styles of music where it is featured, it’s an integral and important part of a song’s sound. Good production of the snare drum is extremely important to get a good tone.

One way to make a snare drum sound better and more complementary to a song is to apply compression, but mixing engineers must take a few precautions, as when using any effects. Here are some tips for adding a controlled, smart compression to snare drum recordings to make the drum sound better in a song’s mix.

  1. Why use compression? – The reason that compression is an important effect on a snare drum is fairly simple. A “hit” of a snare drum has a very loud, powerful initial sound, or transient, whereas the rest of the sound is fairly quiet. That’s why a snare drum sounds the way that it does. This doesn’t transfer extremely well to recordings, however–the snare drum is likely to sound quiet or weak, as the body of its wave forms is fairly weak. Compression makes the main body of the sound and the transient hit at about the same level, which makes the snare drum sound more powerful, full, and most importantly, consistent.
  2. Ratio – A strong compression ratio is recommended for snare drums, again because the sound needs to be evened out and the transient is so loud. 5:1 or 4:1 is typical, although you should experiment. Your miking technique and the style of the drummer will greatly effect the compression ratio, but by starting around the averages and moving around a bit you should be able to find a sound that you’re happy with.
  3. Attack time – When setting attack time on your compressor, it’s important to realize that the sound of a snare drum is hardest right at the beginning of the sound, so if you set the attack time too high, the compressor will completely miss the sound of the snare and you might as well not apply it at all. Experiment with different attack times to try to find a balanced snare drum sound that also doesn’t sound too fake or robotic, which can be a problem if the attack time is too low. It’s a good idea to start with only about a 1ms attack time, then gradually increase it to see what sounds the best.
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