My tone chasing never ends.
Friday night, I played my first gig with my new band,a very loud,tuned down,Classic Metal/Hard Rock/Stoner/Doom 5-piece. I have been using my 6.5x14 Pearl Sensitone Brass as my main snare. It's outfitted with S-Hoops and Puresound snares. I have been using these Remo Emperor C.S. heads that Karl Crafton turned me on to. I love them on my Sensitone and my Supra. I brought a 6.5 x 14 World Max Brass as a backup. It was setup the same way. It's the same snare ,minus the Nickel plating and strainer. The only difference was it was outfitted with an Emperor X ,that I had laying around . I had both snares pretty much dialed in. The Sensitone was a bit crisper, having the thinner head,naturally. I expected it to sound great and thought the P.A. and some reverb would meat it up, a bit
The first band's drummer was having problems with his snare and asked to borrow one of mine. I gave him the World Max. It sounded great during their set!! It's a loud drum.Very little snare was actually in the mix. It was mostly stage volume.I was very pleased with myself,thinking my cheap snares both sounded so good.Lol. We played our set and I was loving the Sensitone. I couldn't have been happier.
Last night, I listened to a room recording of the show. The World Max sounded a lot better than the Sensitone! The Sensitone had so much crack it wasn't even in the mix,but by the time it cut through ,there just wasn't enough body left. It sounded like a piccolo! This is the drum that sounded amazing to me onstage! It was the sound of a fully processed/EQ'd kit with a completely raw snare.
I guess the Sensitone will be my larger club snare and the World Max will be for the smaller places. I might just go back to the Xs. I really like the Emperor CS but the X seems to sound better out front,with this band anyway.
when will it end?? :)