A responsive and moderately focused single ply drumhead. The Aquarian Focus-X Clear is great if you’re looking to reduce ringing overtones, without compromising on sensitivity.
The Aquarian Focus-X Clear is made with a single 10mil clear ply of film, and a vented inlay ring on the underside of the head. The inlay ring helps to control the sound, slightly reducing the sustain and controlling ringing overtones. Small holes are punched around the inlay ring, hence the word “vented” in the description. The inlay ring also floats (rather than being fully stuck to the drumhead). While this floating vented inlay ring controls the sound and adds focus, it doesn’t choke the drumhead. This means that overall, the Aquarian Focus-X still gives a good full drum tone.
Thanks to the 10mil single clear ply, the Aquarian Focus-X Clear is a sensitive and fairly bright drumhead. It has a full tone, with the extreme high-end frequencies dampened slightly by the inlay ring. The Aquarian Focus-X Clear has a moderate to full sustain, with ringing overtones moderately controlled by the inlay ring. Overall this drumhead gives a nice tone, with a punchy full sound. There is a little more focus on the fundamental note, compared to more open sounding 10mil drumheads.
The Aquarian Focus-X Clear has a slightly brighter and more cutting attack (thanks to the clear film), compared to the Coated Aquarian Focus-X. The Clear Focus-X is responsive to lighter touches, and also has enough attack to come through in medium-high volume levels. On toms, the Aquarian Focus-X gives a moderately focused punchy sound, with good sustain. On a snare drum, the Clear Focus-X gives good definition to ghost notes, and a nice moderately open tone when hit harder. Note: if you use brushes, the clear surface of this drumhead will not respond well. Take a look at the Coated Aquarian Focus-X for a very similar brush-friendly drumhead.
The Aquarian Focus-X Clear is a great choice if you need a sensitive drumhead, but with less ringing than is usually heard with single ply heads. While the vented inlay ring focuses the sound, there is still a good full tone when this drumhead is struck. The Aquarian Focus-X Clear is great for low to medium-high volume playing, if responsiveness is needed but overtones are not.