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Old 04-20-2009, 03:52 AM
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Default Sympathetic Vibrations/ Snare buzz?

Is it weird that I actually LOVE the subtle snare buzz I get when I hit one of my toms or my bass drum? I always hear people complaining about how they hate it, but I find that many of the things people do to remedy the buzz are actually worse than the buzz itself. When I first started playing, I would over-muffle my toms or choke my snare to get rid of the buzz, but now I've grown to appreciate it.

Does anybody else feel this way? I know that in the grand scheme of things, if you're playing with other musicians or playing in a venue, nobody would ever hear the buzz anyway. Why does it tend to be such an issue with some folks?
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Old 04-20-2009, 04:07 AM
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Oh yea !

I "love" snare buzz from all my kit except from
my 10" tom... to much... But from the bass drum,
I actualy think that it sound better with the buzz...

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Old 04-20-2009, 04:26 AM
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Default Re: Sympathetic Vibrations/ Snare buzz?

I agree!

To my ears, it almost thickens up the sound of my kit. I'm sure I'm the only one who even notices it, unless someone else plays my drums. My 10" tom doesn't make my snare buzz that much, but my 14" tom really sets it off. It's not overwhelming or anything, and nobody in my band has ever mentioned it, but I love it!
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Old 04-20-2009, 04:40 AM
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Default Re: Sympathetic Vibrations/ Snare buzz?

I treat snare buzz the same way I treat snare ring. I don't. I have learned to tune my drums so both of these issues are minimized but not eliminated. I don't let it bother me.
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Old 04-20-2009, 05:08 AM
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Default Re: Sympathetic Vibrations/ Snare buzz?

A small amount of buzz is normal and it is your friend. It does add to the sound of your kit. To much buzz is like eating to much pepperoni pizza. Heart Burn City! Continue to tune accordingly!
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Old 04-20-2009, 05:20 AM
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I don't get much but what is there can't be heard while playing so.....
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Old 04-23-2009, 03:43 PM
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Default Re: Sympathetic Vibrations/ Snare buzz?

I have to admit I was one of 'those people' with a post about an annoying buzz from my 10inch tom.

Little back story- I had a 4piece with a 12 inch above my snare- I bought a 10 inch and moved that into the 12's place- thats when the buzz started happening-

I did everything I could think of between the 4 heads on the 2 drums and either the buzz was there or it went away but the drums sounded like crap.

Well to cut a long boring story short :) I refinished the drum to match my kit as it was unfinished and when I added the heads back on it I didnt tighten the reso head of the tom much above hand tight-

And between finishing the drum and the looser reso head- I have no buzz and good sounding drums

But all in all I had begun to not care about the small buzz I got from them like in the OP note-

I think I just lucked out after what I did to the drum : )
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Old 04-23-2009, 07:41 PM
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Default Re: Sympathetic Vibrations/ Snare buzz?

I can't stand the buzzing sound, but then again I usually play by myself, and I can also only hear it w/o head phones (duh), and it's very minimal. I resolved it by placing a moongel pad on the reso side about 1" - 1 1/2" away from the wires, fixed the problem. I would imagine that with proper tuning of the snare, a good set of wires, and possibly some minor dampening, you could remove any sympathetic buzzing, with out needing to change the tuning of your toms so you don't sacrifice the sound you're going for. Just the opinion of a guy who started beatin' the skins a few months ago.
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Old 04-23-2009, 08:16 PM
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I like it! I even like it when I hear it on older recordings...it's more authentic to me. Your whole kit resonates when you play it...it should "sing" as a complete instrument, IMO.
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Old 04-23-2009, 09:44 PM
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it should "sing" as a complete instrument, IMO.
So true !!
That's the way most of today's producer and sound guies should consider drums !
A drumset is a complete instrument !

Did they ever think of recording a guitar with each string on a separate track ??
This is a non-sense !

Close miking is good for presence and details, only if the drums sounds good in the room mics !
And Yes, snare buzz is a part of the whole sound !
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Old 04-25-2009, 01:18 AM
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Default Re: Sympathetic Vibrations/ Snare buzz?

I find when I have my snare wires not touching the head (unlatched) my bass drum just has a thump but nothing musical about it. When the snare wires are touching the head you can hear the bass drum giving off something musical. Also when they are unlatched my toms sound dead and no tone comes from them. So I think having snare buzz makes drums more of an instrument.
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Old 04-25-2009, 03:49 AM
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I believe that everyone at one point resented the snare buzz, thinking that everyone could hear it and that it was actually a big deal.

My snare buzz has become like a devious little child that loves causing mischief, but doesn't mean any actual harm. You love it simply because it is what it is.
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