New Article: Bass Drum Beater Sound: The Ultimate Guide

What’s the quickest way to change your bass drum sound?
Change your bass drum beater!

Bass drum beaters can often be overlooked. However, whether you’re performing or recording, your choice of beater will have a big impact on your overall sound. Your bass drum is central to your kit, so make sure you’re using the best beater for the job.

It’s super important to understand how different beaters sound and feel when you play them. Because of this, we’ve put together the ultimate bass drum beater guide: to help you find the best bass drum beater for your style.

In the guide, you’ll see:

  • Low Boy Natural Wood Bass Drum BeaterExactly how different bass drum beater materials will sound. There’s an overview of all the different beater materials available.
  • How beater weight affects the impact and feel of your pedal.
  • How the shape and size of a beater will change the way it sounds and feels.

We’ve also reviewed the best bass drum beater in each category, to help you sort through the noise to find a great beater.

Read the ultimate bass drum beater guide here.

New Article: The Best Bass Drum Pedal in 2018

Looking for the best bass drum pedal in 2018? This the article for you!

Best Bass Drum Pedal Ultimate Guide

We’ve tested and reviewed a huge range of pedals to find the best bass drum pedal in the three most important categories:

  • The best bass drum pedal for beginners,
  • The best bass drum pedal for intermediate drummers, and
  • The absolute best bass drum pedal, regardless of price.

Each pedal is reviewed in detail, and we tell you exactly why it stands out from the competition.

PLUS, there a bonus bass drum pedal buying guide further down the page, covering the most important factors affecting how a pedal feels and plays: Get your head around bass drum pedal footboard styles, drive types, and cam shapes. All of these things will change the feel and movement of a pedal, so we’ve covered these things to help you find the best pedal for your feet.

Why is all of this important? Well, it’s vital to have a great pedal, because it’s one of the most important pieces of drum gear you’ll own. Along with your snare drum, your bass drum gets more use than just about anything else, so make sure you have a good pedal (and good technique!).

Read our article reviewing the best bass drum pedals of 2018 now.

New Article: 13 Drum Kit Volume Reduction Tips

Please let me play drums :(

If your neighbours are constantly complaining about the noise, this new article is for you. Whether you’re drumming in an apartment, a dorm room, or a house, these tips have you covered. We’ve got a range of great products, modifications, and DIY drum volume reduction tricks to keep everyone happy while you play. If your neighbours are really sensitive, there’s bonus tips for making an electronic drum kit even quieter. For the absolute worst case scenario, we’ve even got a few final tips on how to practice when you really can’t use your drum kit at home.

Check out our top drum kit noise reduction tips, and make your drums quieter!

The Best Drumhead of 2017? Evans UV1!

What’s the best drumhead of 2017?

According to DRUM! Magazine’s DRUMMIES! poll, it’s the Evans UV1. These heads were voted the best drumhead of 2017 by DRUM! Magazine readers.

2017 Drummies Awards - Best Drumhead of 2017

DRUM! Magazine says: “Considering the abundance of drumhead models on the market, you have to give Evans credit for coming up with a new film. But the benefits of the UV-cured coating on the UV1 surpasses the novelty factor with punchy sounds, crisp articulation, and remarkable durability – a combination many drummers want under their sticks.”

What do we at Drumhead Authority have to say about the UV1, and is it deserving of the title of the best drumhead of 2017? Well, it’s an absolute top drumhead that really does stand out from the pack, especially when it comes to the coating’s durability. It’s not surprising that it was voted the best drumhead of 2017 based on this. If you’re tired of your drumhead’s coating chipping off, we definitely recommend trying the Evans UV1.

If you’re not familiar with it, the Evans UV1 is a single ply 10mil thick coated drumhead, with a slightly bright sound. It’s versatile, open, and lively, and the textured surface is great with brushes and drumsticks.

Check out our in-depth review of the Evans UV1 drumhead here, and see how it compares with other heads using our Drumhead Selector.

It seems Evans knows how popular this drumhead is, as they’ve recently announced the UV1 bass drum head range, coming soon in 2018. Evans will be releasing a standard UV1 bass head, an EQ4 version with inlay ring, and an EMAD bass version of the UV1. At the moment the UV1 range is available for snare drums and toms. The new UV1 bass heads are a welcome addition to the UV1 family, especially after being voted the best drumhead of 2017.

To see the other drum gear winners from this year’s poll, check out DRUM! Magazine’s DRUMMIES! awards here. The DRUMMIES! have been running for 24 years, with readers from around the world casting their votes for the best drum gear across a number of different categories. As well as the best drumhead, the DRUMMIES! awards cover cymbals, drum kits, accessories, drum sticks, percussion, and more.

Congratulations to Evans for taking out this year’s best drumhead award with the UV1 range.

Evans UV1 Bass Drum Heads – Coming Soon

Evans have just announced that their UV1 drumhead line will soon be available for bass drums. Currently these heads are available for snare drums and toms.

Evans plans to release the UV1 bass drum heads in the following varieties:

  • Evans EMAD UV1 bass drumheadThe Standard UV1 bass drum head: a 10mil thick single ply drumhead with the durable UV1 coating. This is the same configuration as the snare drum and tom versions of the UV1.
  • The UV EQ4 bass drum head: a 10mil thick single ply drumhead with the durable UV coating, plus an internal inlay ring. The inlay ring helps to control overtones and emphasize the warmer frequencies, to give a slightly more focused and deeper bass drum punch without choking the drum.
  • The UV EMAD bass drum head: a 10mil thick single ply drumhead with the durable UV coating, plus the Evans EMAD system. Adding an EMAD ring greatly reduces overtones, and focuses the sound to give a deep, quick, punchy bass drum sound. The EMAD rings can be removed to give a more open bass drum sound, making this a versatile bass drum option.

Each of these UV1 bass drum heads will be available in 16″ to 26″ sizes, in tom and bass hoop varieties.

The UV1 bass drum head range is a welcome addition to the UV line, and these heads are extremely popular for their extremely durable coating. The coating is UV-cured, and doesn’t chip away or wear off like regular drumhead coating.

Keep an eye out for the Evans UV1 bass drum head range coming soon. In the meantime, you can read our in-depth review of the UV1 snare and tom drumheads.

EDIT: As a sidenote, DRUM! Magazine has just awarded the Evans UV1 the best drumhead of 2017 in their DRUMMIES! awards. Congratulations to Evans!

The Official Zildjian Podcast

Zildjian have launched a new podcast entitled The Company You Keep: The Epic Story of Zildjian and Music in America.

The Official Zildjian Podcast: The Company You Keep, The History of Zildjian and Music in America

This 73 minute podcast spans five centuries to document the history of Zildjian, including some great facts and interesting stories along the way.

The podcast gives a tour of the Zildjian factory, the processes involved in making and testing cymbals, overviews of some top drummers, and great insights from Zildjian employees and family. There’s also a big focus on how music has changed across time in North America, and how cymbals – and drums in general – have evolved over time alongside this.

It’s a really entertaining and insightful story, and worth listening to with some good headphones to really hear the different cymbal tones throughout the podcast.

You can stream the entire Zildjian podcast for free below, and it’s also available to stream or download on SoundcloudSpotify, and iTunes.

 

Ringo Starr Is Now Sir Ringo

Beatles drummer Richard Starkey, better know as Ringo Starr, has been knighted in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.

Starr received the recognition for his contribution to the world of music, and for his services to charity. He is among more than 1,100 others recognized in this year’s Honours List. Starr also now joins fellow Beatles bandmate Sir Paul McCartney, who was knighted in 1997.

A knighthood is the highest honor that can be given by the royal family, and the process involves first being nominated by the public, followed by reviews by two different committees. Nominations are then sent to the Prime Minister, and finally the royal family for approval. Males are given the title of Sir, and females given the title of Dame.

While Sir Richard Starkey’s musical achievements are well known, he has also contributed to a number of charities and causes including human rights, abused children, AIDS awareness, and poverty.

Happy Birthday Theobald Ludwig

Theobald Ludwig, co-founder of Ludwig drum company, was born on this day in 1888.

Theobald LudwigBorn December 18th 1888, Theobald Ludwig was a co-founder of what would become one of the biggest drum manufacturers in the world. Ludwig & Ludwig Drum Company was founded by Theobald and his broth William F. Ludwig in Chicago in 1909. Twelve years earlier, the Ludwig family had emigrated from Germany to the United States, moving to Chicago to start a new life.

Theobald Ludwig sadly died from influenza at the age of 29, after meeting with a sick government official. Theobald had traveled to Philadelphia to meet this official, who was in charge of government musical instrument purchases. The Ludwig family were trying to secure a deal to supply instruments to the government, but unfortunately the Gretsch drum company had beaten Ludwig to the deal. Theobald was in Philadelphia to find out why. You can read the actual letters describing the situation, written from Theobald to his brother William (head to VintageDrumGuide.com).

Ringo Starr Ludwig DrumsTheobald wasn’t around to see it, but Ludwig would eventually become one of the biggest names in drumming across the 20th century. While the company was relatively successful across the mid 1900s, things really took off after Ringo Starr used a Ludwig drum kit on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964. Ringo was so proud to have a drum kit from the USA, he had asked for the Ludwig logo to be painted on the front of the bass drum head. With the success of The Beatles, the world took notice of the Ludwig brand and sales skyrocketed. Since then, Ludwig has been used by some of the biggest names in drumming, including John Bonham, Ginger Baker, Vinnie Colaiuta, Mick Fleetwood, Nick Mason, Mitch Mitchell, Keith Moon, Joe Morello, Ian Paice, Charlie Watts, and too many others to list here. Ludwig is still one of the most recognizable brands in the industry, and has come a very long way since Theobald and William F. Ludwig began their small drum store back in 1909.

Huge New Article – Drum Dampening: The Ultimate Guide

We’ve just released a huge new article on drum dampening. It covers the when, how, where, and why to use dampening, including drumheads with built-in dampening, add-on and DIY drum dampening options, and plenty of tips and tricks.

If you’ve ever wanted to know how you can use different dampening methods to get a great drum sound, this article is for you. Check out the ultimate drum dampening guide now, and master your drum sound.

Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition: Apply Now!

Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition

Between the ages of 18-22?
Have great drum or percussion skills?
Apply for Yamaha’s Young Performing Artists Competition:

This program recognizes top young achievers in contemporary, jazz, and classical music. The prize is an all-expenses-paid trip to Indiana, USA in June 2018, to take part in Yamaha’s Young Performing Artist Celebration at the Music For All Summer Symposium. You’ll have the opportunity to perform in front of thousands of people, attend workshops and clinics designed to launch a professional career, and get some great media exposure. This is an amazing opportunity that can put you on the path to a serious life in music.

To apply, you need to:

  • Be a full-time student in the USA
  • Have reached a “high-level” of musical achievement for your age
  • Get a music teacher/conductor/professional performer/music dealer or community music leader to nominate you (ask your music teacher!)
  • Submit a video recording of a great solo performance

Unfortunately this opportunity is only open to people in the USA. If you think you have what it takes, check out the details and apply here. The competition closes January 8th 2018, so you have a good amount of time to get your application together. As well as a drums category, there is also an opening for mallet or concert percussionists. If you apply, good luck!