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This is the original material. Thanks Mike.



The Pros of Drum Treatment / Muffling

The Pros of Treatment

First, it can be a very valid aesthetic decision to treat your drums. With treatment, you can customize the sound, tone, pitch, and decay of your drums to your taste. That said, the drum head affects this decision process no end. A coated Evans G1 sounds very different from a Remo Pinstripe, so each head needs different approaches to Treatment. Refer  to the section on Drum Heads in the FAQ for more information on this. Even if common problems with ringing, decay, overtones, etc. can be addressed by tuning and head selection, Treatment can also give you sounds unavailable with tuning alone.

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Muffling / Drum Treatment

Drum Muffling - Achieving Drum Sounds


This is one of the areas where tempers flare. People tend to fall into various well-defended camps on this issue, so in the interest of fairness, the writer will try to provide the arguments on each side of the issue.

First, what is drum muffling?

In short, drum muffling is affixing some material or substance to the shell or head of a drum, with the result being a change in the drum's duration, timbre, and/or volume. Common examples range from pillows in bass drums to duct tape on toms. We'll describe the various methods later in detail. At this point I'd like to suggest that rather than calling it "muffling," we should call it "Drum Treatment," as true muffling is only one of the objectives at hand.  

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Tuning Intervals

Tuning Intervals

As drummers, we usually tune our drums to particular intervals.  This means in practical terms that the distance (the interval) between the tuned note of one drum and that of another is a recognisable one.  This does not mean that we need to (or want to) tune to specific chromatic notes but rather that no matter where we choose to start we can always guarantee that the musical difference we choose between one drum and its neighbour is constant.

There are as many tuning opinions as there are possible combinations of the musical scale, some are more 'musical' than others.  The majority will centre around the major scale which is most usefully explained in terms of 'Solfa' or as Julie Andrews would say " do, re, mi, fa, so, la ti, do ".

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Drum Head Film

Film -

The material the head is made from is probably the biggest contributor.

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Things applied to the head alter its sound

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