We have asked our artists a few questions about using our products.
This is an answer from artist, Tarik Ghiradella:
1. Where do you place your Drum Muffs? 12 O’clock and 6 o’clock on the drum-head. Having them at opposite ends of the drum-head tends to work best for me on the larger sizes. 14 inch and above.
2. How many do you use? My Tom sizes are 12 14 and 16 or 12 16 and 18. I almost always use two large square muffs on the floor toms and sometimes one on the rack tom. On the snare, typically it’ll just be one larger square muff, near but not under the microphone.
3. How have Drum Muffs helped you? They’ve been great for me. I’ve used them on every recording since I came on board. In every case it’s made the drum sound better for studio recordings. Killing ring, and assisting with the tuning of the drum.
4. Comments on our Miracle Spray? I don’t always want to get my cymbals too clean. I don’t want to kill the vintage sound they have, but I’ve used it mildly on all my cymbals and a noticeable difference.
This is a response from artist, Shawn Warley.
Here ya go Dino!
Ludwig Classic Maples: 2 Mediums and 7 Smalls
24 x 14 Kick – Evans Gmad Batter (One Medium on Batter Side)
13 x 9 Rack Tom – Evans G2 Reso (One Small Near Bottom edge) Evans G2 Coated (One small right over the Evans Logo usually at 12:00)
14 x 14 Floor Tom – Evans G2 Reso (One Small Dead Center) Evans G2 Coated (One small right over the Evans Logo usually at 12:00)
16 x 16 Floor Tom – Evans G2 Reso (One Small Dead Center) Evans G2 Coated (One small right over the Evans Logo usually at 12:00)
Black Beauty Snare 6.5 x 14 Evans Genera Batter (One Medium at 12:00 and One Small at 6:00)
Crush Acrylic: 6 Mediums and 6 Smalls
22 x 18 Kick – Evans Gmad Batter (2 Medium on Batter Side slightly above the where the beater contacts the head)
12 x 10 Rack Tom – Evans G2 Reso (One Small Dead Center) Evans EC Clear (One small right over the Evans Logo usually at 12:00)
14 x 11 Floor Tom – Evans G2 Reso (One Medium Dead Center) Evans EC Clear (One small right over the Evans Logo usually at 12:00)
16 x 14 Floor Tom – Evans G2 Reso (One Medium Dead Center) Evans EC Clear (One small right over the Evans Logo usually at 12:00)
5.5 x 14 Snare Evans Genera Batter (One Medium at 12:00 and One Medium at 6:00 One Small at 4:00 Another Small at 8:00)
The biggest advantage for me is being able to control the overall tone of the drums based on the location of the Muff and I have experimented with many configuration, especially with the snare. The other advantages are being able to lower the overall volume of the kit which is crucial for smaller venues. The fact the Drum Muffs can reduce the volume and control sustain / overtones, my sound engineers have been able to pull the gates off the drums which allows me to hear all of the stick strikes soft or hard in my in-ear monitors and this has improved my live performances.
Response from Billy Ashbaugh (Currently touring with The Moody Blues)
For my 8″,10″ & 12″ toms I use 1 scored muff positioned near the edge of the drum close to the rim. For my 14″ floor I use 2 scored muffs positioned the same. For my 16″ floor tom I use 1 large muff positioned the same. I found that this does a perfect job of taking out the unwanted overtones in the drum, much like using a slight gate. Also, with how I tune the larger floor toms, I really found the muffs do a great job of taking out that low end “growl” out of the drums…leaving just a beautiful warm full tone of the drum!
For the snare I either use 1 or 2 scored muffs, or 1 large muff depending on the snare sound I’m going for at the moment.
I plan on experimenting with the Cymbal Mutes as well as using them on the kick very soon. I’m re-modeling my home studio now and will look into this asap.
Thanks again Dino!
Response from Barry Nagel (The Turnback)
Although many of my gigs are on NYC house kits, I do use Drum Muffs on all kits I play including rehearsal studios.
- My two main snares are a Yamaha 7″ x 14″ (Power Tour Custom) bought in the mid to late 1980’s and a Mapex 6.5″ x 14″Sledgehammer Black Brass drum. I usually put 2 large Drum Muffs on my snare drums at 9 and 3 o’clock and that seems to be working great. Both drums sound fat and still maintain a solid crack.
- On my toms (depending on which kit I’m using) I use: 2-3 on my floor toms (14×11, 14×14 & 16×13) or (16×16 & 18×16), and 1-2 on my rack toms: 8, 10, 12 & 13. On the kicks I use 3 on the batter head and it allows for a very punchy and defined sound and live sound engineers seem to love them!
- Drum Muffs have helped me/my bands to get sound-checked faster and Drum Muffs also allow my bands to hear their instruments easier without overtones constantly ringing after hitting the drums. They’ve also commented that they can turn their instruments down in rehearsals because of the difference in sound and sound quality.
Thank you Dino! Barry