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Old 08-08-2009, 11:09 PM
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Default What Drum Heads Are Best For Metal?

I play in a metal band, and my toms need new heads. I'm looking for a depper, slightly compressed sound. I'm curretly looking at Aquarian Studio X Clear heads, do you think these will work? If not, what heads would you recommend for metal?
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Old 08-10-2009, 06:19 AM
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I play in a metal band, and my toms need new heads. I'm looking for a depper, slightly compressed sound. I'm curretly looking at Aquarian Studio X Clear heads, do you think these will work? If not, what heads would you recommend for metal?
I would actually recommend the Studio-X Coated. I played them on my ddrum for a few weeks when I was still playing metal and I absolutely loved the sound, went great on my deeper-than-average toms.
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Old 08-10-2009, 10:51 PM
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If your into Remo drumheads, then I have seen many drummers in the Metal Genre, use either Emperors(coated), or the standard Pinstripes.
Personally, Ive never used emperors for tom heads, only an Emperor X for the Snare head.
But I have used Pinstripes for my rack toms, and they project a deep, and rich tone that works great for metal drummers.
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Old 08-10-2009, 11:00 PM
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Clear Emperor's great tone IMO better than Pinstripes. Pinstripes sound dull too me.

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Old 08-12-2009, 06:44 AM
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I'm also a metal-head and I think I know what sound your looking for. I am a remo guy, and so are most of the professional metal players I listen to. If you want a slightly compressed sound go for Pinstripes over Ambassadors. If you want a very compressed sound go for Pinstripes over Emperors.

Here is how you decide the coating:
Clear Pinstripes- Dark
Coated Pinstripes-Dark, Slightly darker than clear
Ebony Pinstripes- Dark, Way darker than coated

Clear Ambassadors- Bright
Coated Ambassadors- Bright, slightly darker than clear
Black Suede Ambassadors- Bright, darker than coated
Ebony Ambassadors- Bright, just as dark as black suede

Clear Emperors- Bright
Coated Emperors- Bright, darker than clear
Black Suede Emperors- Bright, slightly darker than coated
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Old 08-17-2009, 04:43 AM
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I don't play metal but always wondered why metal players tend to play 2ply batter heads when a 1ply would give more volume and cut through better.
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Old 08-17-2009, 05:21 AM
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I don't play metal but always wondered why metal players tend to play 2ply batter heads when a 1ply would give more volume and cut through better.
A 2ply head gives you lower pitch, a 1ply head gives you more volume and cut but it gives you a higher pitch.
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Old 08-17-2009, 06:38 AM
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A 2ply head gives you lower pitch, a 1ply head gives you more volume and cut but it gives you a higher pitch.
To elaborate on this. A single ply head will give you more resonance and low end, but it will also give you more overtones and higher frequency sounds. A 2 ply head will give deaden the lower frequencies slightly, but will muffle the overtones and high frequencies, giving you that "low" "compressed" sound.

If you're in the studio, I would recommend single ply heads, and 2 ply for live playing.
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Old 08-17-2009, 08:26 AM
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A 2ply head gives you lower pitch, a 1ply head gives you more volume and cut but it gives you a higher pitch.
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I play in a metal band, and my toms need new heads. I'm looking for a depper, slightly compressed sound. I'm curretly looking at Aquarian Studio X Clear heads, do you think these will work? If not, what heads would you recommend for metal?
The classic metal sound was achieved using Remo Pinstripes. These heads would later be used widely in studios in Nashville for the country sound, before triggering bacame all the rage.




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I don't play metal but always wondered why metal players tend to play 2ply batter heads when a 1ply would give more volume and cut through better.
To me it's all about tone. I'm not a fan of letting my drums "sing". Higher tunnings sound horrible to me so i choose to use pinstripes or get some emperors and some moongel or tape.
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To elaborate on this. A single ply head will give you more resonance and low end, but it will also give you more overtones and higher frequency sounds. A 2 ply head will give deaden the lower frequencies slightly, but will muffle the overtones and high frequencies, giving you that "low" "compressed" sound.
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If you're in the studio, I would recommend single ply heads, and 2 ply for live playing.
I agree if the drums have thin or medium thick shells. If you have thick shells it might work out better to use 2ply heads. It's really just personal preference though.
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