Realistic and responsive cymbals, without the sound. For low volume practicing, Zildjian L80 cymbals are an excellent choice. The Gen16 package gives the same low volume setup, with added realistic electronic cymbal sounds for performances and practicing.
If you want to keep the feel of real cymbals but lose the volume, the Zildjian L80 range is definitely worth a look. These low volume cymbals have small holes drilled across the entire surface, which cuts the sound dramatically. Zildjian’s claim of up to 80% volume reduction is fairly spot on.
These cymbals respond with all of the sounds you’d expect from regular cymbals:
- Half-open hi hat,
- Responsive crashes,
- Ride bell and bow definition,
- Hi hat foot chick.
If you want to trigger real cymbal sounds, the Zildjian Gen16 cymbal pack gives the same feel as the L80 range, with added electronic cymbal processing. The Gen16 module picks up each strike and movement of the cymbals, converting this into digital sound. Importantly, this is different from an electronic cymbal pad – the Gen16 converts the cymbal’s vibration into sound, allowing for much more realistic chokes, accents, and hi hat work. This is great for low volume gigging where real cymbals are too overpowering, or for a much more realistic-sounding practice setup.
Which to choose?
- Go with the L80 range if you just want a low volume practice setup.
- Choose the Gen16 range for low volume live performances, and realistic-sounding low volume practicing.
Note: If you already have the L80 cymbals, they can be paired with the Gen16 processor quite easily. The L80 and Gen16 are effectively the same thing, however the Gen16 is designed to be amplified or used with headphones.
See this video for what the L80 cymbals can do:
An overview of the Gen16: The same low volume setup as the L80, with added electronic module for live performance or realistic-sounding practice.
Pair the Zildjian L80 or Gen16 with Remo Silentstroke mesh drumheads for the most realistic practice setup. Play your real drum set without disturbing the neighbours.