We’ve just released a massive new article, covering everything you’ve every wanted to know about resonant drumheads for toms and bass drums.
You’ll find all of the essential stuff, including what resonant heads actually do, how they work, and why they’re important.
Beyond that though, the entire article is written to give you all the information you need to take full control of your drum sound:
You’ll find helpful tips, advice, and information on how to get the best out of your resonant drumheads.
We’ve got resonant head tuning tips, critical information on how to pair resonant heads with batter heads, details on when you should change them, and whether you actually need them.
If that’s not enough, we’ve also listed every single resonant tom drumhead option available from Aquarian, Evans, and Remo. All of them! We’ve got the more common options, and a few that you probably haven’t considered.
Here it is – the latest drum news from around the web!
There’s Chis Adler‘s broken-drumstick-in-the-eye story, a super groovy drums-only album by Nate Smith, TWO cool things for drummers in the United Kingdom to check out, a video dissecting a great drum groove by Ilan Rubin, and more.
First up, Lamb of God’s Chris Adler talks about his biggest nightmare on stage: breaking a drumstick mid-song, and having the sharp end bounce up and stick into his right eye.
Nate Smith has released the jaw-dropping Pocket Change album, featuring 11 songs of absolutely nothing but drums.
It’s groovy as hell, and it’s something you’re going to be playing on repeat (so prepare your headphones). Listen to it directly below via Bandcamp, or find it on any streaming service or online music store.
The London Drum Show kicks off next month, from November 10 to 11 at Olympia London. They’ve released their lineup, full of world-class drummers and some really cool events (like a tribute to Keith Moon!).
Here are just some of the legends playing at the event:
David ‘Pick’ Withers – drummer on legendary albums from Dire Straits.
Next, some more cool stuff for UK drummers… Sky Arts has launched “The Art Of Drumming” TV series, featuring some of the biggest names in the industry.
If you’re in the UK, you can watch it online here. If not, well, you’ll have to wait? There are four one-hour-long episodes with a big focus on rock drumming. Here’s a short clip:
Roland recently announced a brand new electronic drum kit for beginners, the Roland TD-1DMK. This electronic drum set contains 15 built-in preset kits, a huge range of skill building tools, and access to their Melodics training software.
The best feature, however, is the inclusion of mesh pads for all drums. This is a big step up from the standard rubber pads on many entry-level kits, making the Roland TD-1DMK stand out from the pack. The TD-1DMK is available for preorder; we’ll add an update once they’re released in stores.
Reverb has an interesting piece on the rise and fall of Trixon drums. Known for their very weird drum shell shapes, Trixon folded in 1971 after moving from Germany to Ireland.
Read the article here, and check out some of the weird and wonderful drums they created across their 24-year life.
Next, check out this excellent video of Ilan Rubin dissecting The Crunge… He does an amazing job with this simple-yet-complex beat. Watch the video, then go and play it!
If you’re interested in drumming news from around the web, here are some of the stand-out articles from past week! Featuring Dave Grohl, Andrew Tkaczyk, Joey Jordison, Terry Bozzio, Ringo Starr, and more.
Loudwire reports that Dave Grohl is playing drums on Tenacious D’s new album Post-Apocalypto, due to be released November this year. Along with the new album, a 6-part animated series (hand-drawn by Jack Black) will be released on Tenacious D’s YouTube channel.
Some inspiring stuff from The Ghost Inside drummer Andrew Tkaczyk in a recent interview with Digital Music News: After losing his left leg in a bus crash, he’s back playing double-bass drumming almost as well as before the accident. His father has crafted a device that allows him to play without his prosthesis, pushing down on the kick pedal with what is known as “The Hammer” (pictured below from a few months ago):
If you’re into vintage snare drums, Reverb has a great article by vintage drum expert Ned Ingberman. Ned covers his top 10 vintage snare drums, with some stunning photographs and in-depth explanations along the way. There are some jaw-dropping snare drums here, most of which are criminally expensive.
In an interview with Revolver Magazine, Joey Jordison covers the “6 albums that made me”, citing the influences that inspired him musically and help craft his drumming style. On the list are some classic heavy albums including Slayer’s Reign in Blood, Alive! by Kiss, Led Zeppelin’s self-titled album, Kill ‘Em All by Metallica, Houdini by the Melvins, and Black Sabbath’s Master of Reality.
Drum legend Terry Bozzio is interviewed in the Daily Hampshire Gazette, where he covers his current and past projects, how he got into drumming, and some of his favourite performances and musical collaborations.
Ringo Starr goes into detail on how he was introduced to drumming – while spending months in hospital as a sick teenager. Starr features on The Big Interview with Dan Rather (airing October 2nd). In a pre-release of the full interview, Starr talks of his problems with peritonitis and tuberculosis, which left him hospitalized for months. It was here that he discovered his passion for drumming, from a woman who would bring instruments into the hospital.
Roderick Chambers is a singer in Orange County CA, and he’s looking to recruit a drummer for his new band. If you’ve got the skills to match the Instagram video below, then get in touch with him to audition for upcoming dates.
Roderick’s resume includes working with Timbaland, performing at NBA games, and being the artist in residence at the Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel. His signature is technical control and genre versatility.
Check out this awesome video for a taste of what he’s looking for. Even if you don’t apply, there’s some inspirational stuff right here:
DRUM! Magazine have just opened the voting for their annual Drummies! Awards. This is the biggest public poll in the drumming world, where you can have your say on everything drum-related.
Categories span different drums and kits, cymbals, hardware, pedals, beaters, drumheads, sticks, and educational sites. Speaking of educational sites, we’d be blown away if you voted for us! We’re proud to be a 100% free educational resource for the drumming world. It’s a very small operation here at DrumheadAuthority, and it’s a little hard to compete against the big players, but we hope you still find us just as useful (especially the drumhead selector). And if you don’t vote for us, that’s okay too…. Just make sure your opinion is heard (but seriously, vote for us :)).
Click here to vote!
The Educational Website section is 3rd from the bottom, and you don’t need to vote for every single category… Keep it to the stuff that matters to you.
This is the perfect way to help shape the drumming world – make sure your voice is heard, so there’ll be a little bit more of what you like out there.
The poll is open until September 1st, 2018 so don’t wait – vote now!
After the announcement in June, Alesis have now released their updated all-mesh-head electronic drum kit, perfect for beginners or those wanting a great e-kit on a budget. For the price, this is an excellent way to get into electronic drums without sacrificing on feel (or looks).
The Alesis Nitro Mesh’s big drawcard are the all-mesh snare and tom heads – this is something usually only found on higher-end electronic drums (on cheaper kits you’ll sometimes just get a mesh snare drum). Alesis have stepped things up by providing an 8″ dual-zone mesh snare, and three 8″ mesh toms. The dual-zone snare means you can trigger two different sounds on the one pad (for example a regular snare hit and a rimshot or rim click). The Alesis Nitro Mesh kit also features three 10″ cymbals (hi hats, a chokable crash, and ride), a hi hat pedal, kick drum pedal, and kick drum tower.
The brain driving the Nitro Mesh kit is the Nitro drum module, which comes with 385 drum, cymbal, and percussion sounds, plus 60 play-along songs, a sequencer, and a metronome. You can record your performances directly onto the module, which is helpful for analyzing your playing and finding areas to improve. There are 40 built-in drum kits, spanning a nice range of music genres and drumming styles, and drummers can program their own customized kits. The Nitro module allows drummers to assign any sound to any drum or cymbal, to build full custom drum kits.
Importantly, the Nitro module also has USB/MIDI and MIDI in/out functionality, allowing drummers to plug into a computer (PC or Mac) to record and use virtual instruments. Connecting to drumming software (like EZDrummer) will give you an unlimited range of kits and sounds, and the ability to record anywhere with just a computer. MIDI in and out also allows connection to MIDI-enabled drum machines, other drum modules, or any other MIDI music gear.
Other must-have features include the CD/MP3 input, allowing you to play along with your own music, stereo outputs (for connecting to a PA/drum amp), and headphone output for silent practice. Everything is supported by a 4-post aluminium rack, and you’ll get everything you need to start playing in the box (drum sticks, drum key, cables, guides).
Now Sabian have come to the party, with the brand new Sabian Custom Cymbal Shop. The Cymbal Shop website lets you build your own fully custom cymbals completely from scratch, and they’ve got a huge range of features to choose from. At the end you’ll get a price, and your custom cymbal will be delivered to your local drum store (if you pull the trigger and actually order it!).
You’ll start building your dream cymbals by choosing your custom cymbal type (there’s options for hi hats, rides, crashes, splashes, or china cymbals). From here, you can customize your cymbal’s size, profile, weight, hammering, bell size, bell treatment, and top and bottom lathing. You can also add enhancements to your cymbal (like holes, rivets, and sound control). Across each step you’ll see your custom cymbal take shape as you change the different features.
Sabian should really be commended for putting in a lot of effort to educate drummers throughout the cymbal customization process… Through each section you’ll see high-quality videos and written information on exactly how your choices will change your cymbal’s sound. Even if you’re not looking to build a custom cymbal, it’s well worth going through each step to learn about how a cymbal’s features can really affect the end result. I guarantee even professional drummers will learn something here. Here’s one of their videos on how crash hammering affects the cymbal’s tone, projection, and its ability to open up:
There are dozens of similar videos available. Each one shows different cymbal types, and how different techniques across the cymbal making process will change a cymbal’s sound. You can also find some of these videos on YouTube, however for the moment (at the time of writing), Sabian hasn’t built intuitive playlists for all of them. Go here to run through all of their hi hat videos in one YouTube playlist (we’ll add links to more playlists if they appear).
If you go ahead and buy one of these cymbals, we’d love to see photos of it when you pick up the finished product. If your custom cymbal creation is a little out of your price range, you can save your design via email… You know, for when you’ve got a little bit of extra cash in your wallet. Or maybe just to go back and dream.
Did you know that 2018 marks the 100th birthday of the drum kit as we know it today?
Back in 1918, Ludwig released the Jazz Er Up. This was an “all-in-one” drum set featuring a single-tension 3″ x 12″ snare drum, and a single-tension 8″ x 24″ bass drum. In the photo below, you’ll notice the snare and bass drum heads are tensioned on the resonant side, which also pulls on the batter side at the same time! Also included were two cymbals, one 13″ Chinese crash (hanging from the bass drum) and one 12″ crash (mounted to the bass drum’s hoop). The lower hoop-mounted cymbal was hit with the bass drum pedal’s cymbal striker. The Jazz Er Up also featured a wood block mounted to the top of the bass drum’s hoop.
This kit provided a huge range of sounds to drummers at the time, and sparked the beginning of the drum kit as we know it today. While drums have been played for thousands of years, there has been a huge ongoing evolution in the relatively short time since the Jazz Er Up was released in 1918.
If you’ve got a spare five minutes, NPR has a great little audio special covering the last 100 years of drums and drum kits. Drummer and historian Daniel Glass is interviewed, along with Fugazi’s Brendan Canty – it’s a great little piece well worth listening to. Listeners are taken on a journey starting at Ludwig’s Jazz Er Up, later innovations, the invention of electronic drums, right up to today’s drum sets. Check it out below, or head to NPR’s website to listen or read the transcript.
Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith joined Foo Fighters on stage Saturday night, taking over the drums during a cover of Stay With Me by The Faces (sidenote: the original song features a young Rod Stewart on vocals).
Foo Fighters were playing at Jones Beach, New York when Smith was invited onto the stage to take over on the drums.
Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins handled the lead vocal role for the song, with Dave Grohl on guitar and backing vocals.
The action was captured by a fan in the crowd, check out the video footage below:
Yamaha have just announced a big update to their range of beginner’s electronic drum kits. The brand new Yamaha DTX402 series is designed to help new drummers improve their skills and technique, with some great features.
The DTX402 series is an update to the older DTX400 range, and includes some nice upgrades like quieter and more natural feeling drum and cymbal pads, and a redesigned rack for greater stability, pad placement, and customization.
The brain driving everything is the new Yamaha DTX402 module, which includes 10 fully customizable drum kits and 287 drum and percussion sounds. The sound library covers all of the standard samples you’d expect, with a focus on pop, rock, and jazz drumming. There are also 128 keyboard sounds, 9 different reverb effects, training and learning functions, drumming exercises, and a recording function so drummers can listen back to their playing.
There are a couple of different versions available for the new Yamaha DTX402 series, with the DTX402 module included with both options:
The base model is the DTX402K, which features silent hi-hat and kick drum pedals, three cymbal pads, and four drum pads.
The full-featured DTX452K comes with a three-zone snare pad (giving drummers a head, rim-shot, and cross-stick zone), a more expressive hi-hat pedal, and the KP65 kick drum tower with pedal.
Along with the new hardware, Yamaha have also released the DTX402 Touch app for iOS and Android. The app allows drummers to fully customize their kits, control the module’s training functions, and access video tutorials and skill testing challenges.