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06-11-2006, 06:21 PM
This is quite the tough obstacle to conquer for any drummer who lives in the middle of now where with no neighbors, and thats drum muting. I have a room with my drums in them, but whenever i go to play, you can here it through out the whole house. So my question is there anyway ( that doesnt cost $1000) to soundproof a room so that others in my house dont have to hear my drumming AS loud. any feedback is much appreciated, thanks.
06-11-2006, 06:23 PM
ps. I didnt really know what category to put this in, so if there is a different category to put this thread, please tell me, thanks.
06-11-2006, 10:20 PM
Get drum pads to cover your snare, toms, bass and stuff or just simply don't play as loud or shove a blanket under the door. Haha sorry that's all I could come up with.
06-12-2006, 12:32 AM
drum silencers are sold at any music store and can be purchased for $30 - $50 bucks depending how large a setup you have. Cymbal mutes, tom mutes, bass drum mutes, they work pretty well. They do however change the sound of your drums but are well worth the price for your situation.
06-12-2006, 09:17 AM
In addition to using drum and cymbal silencers, you can use Pro Mark Hot Rods. For the kick drum, you can try putting a small pillow on the outside of the beater head (in front of the kick silencer) and put some cardboard in front of the pillow so that you'll be kicking the cardboard. You may want to use soft beaters on the cardboard. I bought an HQ Percussion Sound Off drum silencer pack, and the kick silencer that came with it is not sufficient; my kick drum still generates quite a deep thud, even when I kick it gently.
06-12-2006, 02:30 PM
06-12-2006, 07:22 PM
Fro soundproofing your room and not your drums you can do the following.. though it will look rediculus:
1. hang blankets or put area rugs on your wall (some effect)
2. Put insulation material on your wall.
5. Spend only $999 foam pads.
These are not photogenic but they work. Anyone who says otherwise -_-.... just has a different opinion : )
06-12-2006, 07:30 PM
Ok first things first, drums in the house, your gonna be able to hear no matter what, even if you spent 5 grand sound proofing a room. The only way you wouldnt is if the room was near no support or I-beams in the house because vibrations from the drums is sent through these and the reason why you can hear it through the whole house.
My drum instructor has a completely soundproofed basement but you can still here the drums throughout his house, and that was the reason he told me why. his neighbors have no idea that he plays drums.
But maybe this will help, on musiciansfriend.com they have soundproof rooms that you can set up around your drums that should be under 1000 depending on quality. this may help some but when playing in your house i think you will be able to tell.
06-13-2006, 10:31 AM
Hot rods are good and do keep the volume down to a certain extent, but they are very different to drum with. i recomend them for acoustic sessions with a band etc, not for general playing. Its a shame because if you play at your normal volume cou can express yourself more without worrying about the noise. me and my grandad built a shed down the bottom of our garden and i put my drums in there. its a tough one. im sure you can get pads that go over each tom and the cymbals like these:
i dont know how effective they are though. best of luck trying to mute ur kit tho man.
06-13-2006, 05:15 PM
I personally dont despise those pads but that is just me. i dont understand if your problem is your neighbors hearing the drums, or hearing them in your house.
06-13-2006, 05:18 PM
that reminds me if your looking to really mute, you could go with mesh heads
06-13-2006, 05:29 PM
Evans has a Sound Off silencer line. They have less rebound so it's slightly harder to play which gives you extra endurance with them off. All you do it rest the pad on the top drum head. Only problem is on a coated head it will turn it black. When i used to use them I cut 3 pieces of paper so they would fit around my entire snare head then would put the silencer on. Put them on your whole set except the kick drum. When you get used to the kick drum silencer you have to get used to a non muted kick afterwards which takes time. It's like 40-50 bucks to get them for your toms and your snare. They really reduce the volume and they take almost all resonance from the drums, but you can still hear the difference of the drums so it's not like hitting 5 practice pads. Evans makes cymbal silencers, but I don't recommend them. they make your cymbal sound really bad and makes it feel like a silenced drum.
06-15-2006, 04:42 PM
i don't think it's really possible to completely mute your drums. not only can you hear my drums throughout the house, you can he them from my neighbors house. the only things i can think of would be silencers or the foam or maybe even put a blanket over your drum heads
03-07-2007, 12:55 AM
I'm having the same problem right now...hence the search.
I live in an apartment complex. Not only do I need to silence the toms, snare and symbols, but the kick drum most of all. The kick drum will be loud as XXXXXXXX to the neighbors below me.
I'm wondering if I buy something like this: http://cgi.ebay.com/Practice-Mute-Set-F-Drums-Cymbals-Hi-Hats-Silencer-New_W0QQitemZ250091673690QQihZ015QQcategoryZ41450Q QssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem if it will help with bitchy neighbors.
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