In short: Remo Silentstroke heads are the most realistic and responsive low-volume practice drumhead available.
Remo Silentstroke drumheads are quieter and more responsive than drum mutes and rubber practice pads, making them perfect for practicing on a real drum kit without the sound.
How do Silentstroke heads work?
Instead of being made with plastic or animal skin, Remo’s Silentstroke drumheads are made with a tough mesh that reduces the sound to almost nothing. You’ll hear a small “tap” sound when the stick makes contact, but none of the boom and none of the volume. This means you can play your acoustic drums without disturbing the neighbours, and without disturbing anyone else in your house or apartment.
Since they fit on your kit just like real drumheads, Silentstroke heads can be tuned tight or loose, giving you full control over the rebound to create a very realistic playing surface on any drum kit. This is a huge bonus compared to other sound-muting options out there: Often you’re stuck hitting rubber pads that either feel completely dead, or give far too much stick rebound. Remo Silentstroke’s mesh does away with this, allowing you to dial in the exact stick feel you like by using your drum key to tighten or loosen the head.
The only downside is you’ll need to actually remove your real drumheads to install Silentstroke heads, however it’s worth spending 15 minutes doing so, to be able to play for hours without disturbing anyone.
Remo Silentstroke drumheads are available for snare drums, toms, and bass drums, so you can deck out your entire drum kit. If you’ve never played them before, they’re very similar in feel to the mesh pads on Roland’s electronic drum kits (although Silentstroke heads are actually a little quieter!).
Tip: Leave your resonant drumheads on when using Remo Silentstroke heads to get a little bit of drum tone while you play, or remove them to cut the sound almost completely.
Want to hear your drums when you practice silently? Got an old drum lying around unused? Remo Silentstroke drumheads can also be combined with drum triggers and modules to turn acoustic drums completely electric, opening up a whole world of new sound possibilities.
Tip: combine Remo Silentstroke drumheads with Zildjian L80 low-volume cymbals for the most realistic and responsive practice setup possible.
If you’re looking for the best ways to make your drums quieter, check out our top tips to reduce drum volume. We cover Remo Silentstroke heads, along with a huge range of other tips, tricks, and great products to cut your drum sound as much as possible.