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Post Wed Oct 11, 2006 11:23 am

iI changed the little time to an apartment and would like to stifle my drum in order to make less noise as possebel...who do i make it???
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Post Wed Oct 11, 2006 12:18 pm

thats unlucky. try damping the sound with a self made wall. around your kit. get a clothes rack and put loads of clothes and towels dont have to be new create your self a sound absorbing wall will reduce the sound a bit. or practice pads over the drum heads.
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Post Wed Oct 11, 2006 3:09 pm

You can get a glass panel wall to put in front of your kit, to block out noise. Have you an attic? Try soundproofing it if possible. Failing that get v-drums and use your kit for gigs and recordings. If you can't afford v-drums get a rubber practice kit and have it triggered through a module- alot cheaper and you can have it as loud as you want without damaging your hearing because you'll be using headphones and your neighbours can't complain. That is my next investment.
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Post Thu Oct 12, 2006 8:11 am

devilspain wrote:thats unlucky. try damping the sound with a self made wall. around your kit. get a clothes rack and put loads of clothes and towels dont have to be new create your self a sound absorbing wall will reduce the sound a bit. or practice pads over the drum heads.

this will not work - don't waste your time. nor will a glass panel (gobo). they are for reducing bleed between microphones of close proximity - not soundproofing. the only way to reduce the transmission of sound is the build a room within a room with an air gap inbetween the two walls. if the walls are airtight this mass/air/mass priciple will give you a different level of air pressure in the cavity and will impede the transmission of sound. DOING THIS COSTS A LOT OF MONEY.
as mentioned in a previous post, electronic drums could be a good option for practicing at home. the best bang for buck kit on the market is the yamaha DTXplorer.
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Post Thu Oct 12, 2006 11:36 am

Oh, that's a bummer.

I had do dampen my drums too, in my earlier days, while I was renting a flat in the centre of a small town.

I chose to destroy some old foam mattresses, that I sliced out shapes from, that fitted perfectly into the different drums.

You obviously destroy the sound (but you also silence it, I'd say about 70-80 percent), but I found it a good alternative to not beeing able to play at all!

You'll get the same result, stuffing the drums with old pillows, blankets, clothing, etc.
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Post Thu Oct 12, 2006 1:15 pm

Ever think about buying a electronic kit? I own a couple of them. Actually I do all my drumming now both in studio and live with E-drums.
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Post Thu Oct 12, 2006 2:15 pm

Xfactor wrote:Ever think about buying a electronic kit? I own a couple of them.


Absolutely not! :evil:

Drums are drums, not electronic drums.
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Post Thu Oct 12, 2006 11:18 pm

LOL electronic drums....I do a casino gig sometimes and it's more like data entry than playing drums......in reality, it is data entry. :)

Still, I'd rather be swinging sticks and getting paid that kind of cash....
What's cool is that as I'm playing sometimes I call my friends; it's the ultimate test of "zen", being able to have a casual conversation and play the music.
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Post Thu Oct 12, 2006 11:53 pm

maybe you could try mesh heads... they are fairly common, pretty inexpensive, and they are damn near silent if you lay off the rims.
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Post Fri Oct 13, 2006 5:19 am

They actually make drum mutes made of rubber for all drum sizes. If thats not in the budget, there is always the "T-Shirt" Method. This is where you can take an old shirt and put it over the batter head, taped down tight to mimick the feel of the head. This Will dampen it as well. However, if you go that route, you could also just work out your chops and do rudiments on a pillow. Definitely not waking up the neighbors on that one! Hope this helps!
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Post Fri Oct 13, 2006 10:00 pm

promark x-mutes would work really well
i also think that a rubber pad kit with triggers is a great idea, yet costly.
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Post Sat Oct 14, 2006 11:03 am

ganeshgiri wrote:maybe you could try mesh heads... they are fairly common, pretty inexpensive, and they are damn near silent if you lay off the rims.


Best suggestion right here... good thinking dude..

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Post Tue Oct 17, 2006 11:20 am

i just told all my neighbors that yes i am a drummer but if they dont mind my loud noise then i wont mind theirs...this of course doesnt work if your neighbors are older but mine are two college guys and they enjoy the fact that they can play their stereo as loud as they want....you could also try and set a time that works for you and your neighbors....when i lived at home i had between 5 and 6 everyday and it worked out pretty well.
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Post Mon Oct 30, 2006 3:00 am

rubber pads are good. but if your like me and have pretty much no money....normal bed sheets are good. :P
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Post Mon Oct 30, 2006 8:02 am

miranda wrote:rubber pads are good. but if your like me and have pretty much no money....normal bed sheets are good. :P


yep, lay a sheet over your drums, it'll cut the volume drastically but they'll still be relatively playable.

And don't discount electronic kits- there are tons of players out there who find them a viable option.