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Old 01-25-2018, 10:30 AM
Witterings Witterings is offline
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Default Drums Against A Wall or In A Booth / Small Room

I was wondering how much more you / your ears get exposed to the sound of playing either with the drums against a wall or in a drummers booth / small room and if it just bounces straight back at you potentially doing more harm compared to playing in a larger area.

One of the things that made me think about it was years ago we had a small PA (can't remember if it was 120 watts total or per side) that could deafen you in small room ... we did a gig in a field and literally the sound just disappeared ... ended up buying a much bigger PA as a result.
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Old 01-25-2018, 10:45 AM
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Default Re: Drums Against A Wall or In A Booth / Small Room

Reflection of high frequencies just increases exposure to those frequencies, & it's the upper frequencies that do the damage - so yes.
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Old 01-25-2018, 11:32 AM
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Low ceilings arenít a lot of fun either, the times when either the whole band have been under one or itís just been me at the back on a raised bit of staging have been a nightmare to mix with y snare in particular sounding like a succession of explosions.
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Old 01-25-2018, 03:53 PM
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Default Re: Drums Against A Wall or In A Booth / Small Room

If you practice in a small room, wear earplugs.

If you have to perform in an aquarium (behind plexi), get a set of IEM's.

Both of these situations are very bad for your hearing.
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