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Old 11-23-2012, 07:05 AM
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Default Need help tune snare drum

I have a pearl masters snare drum. It is quite old not sure about the model. My heads are remo ambassador coated on the batter and snare side clear.

My problem is that it is VERY LOUD!!! A single touch of the stick on the snare will make a LOUD sound.

I even try to use my hand pressing on the snare head and then softly hitting it with the stick also it is LOUD!.

I cannot get good dynamics and ghost notes with this snare. Can someone teach me how to tune my snare so it sounds softer when i hit it softly. Will put a pillow in the snare make it better?

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Old 11-23-2012, 07:08 AM
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A full size body pillow packed tightly inside the drum will fix your ghost note troubles.
Cotton would be the Ambassador of muffling where down feather would be the PS3 (Only applicable when using single ply. Your results may vary). Memory foam be damned.
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Old 11-23-2012, 08:06 AM
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Dynamics has not to do with the snare setup, but with your touch.
So touch more LIGHT and you'll get less LOUD.
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Old 11-23-2012, 12:40 PM
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I'm not sure I understand. Are you saying your snare is too loud? ... I didn't think snares could get loud enough! I've got an early 80s Tama steel snare drum, and a rim shot played on it will make your ears ring - and I'd still like it to be a bit louder...

But I'll +1 on the previous comment. You just need to practice your soft playing - it's harder than it seems. If you're looking for a different sound, and still insist on muffling, get yourself a Remo O, or Evans E-ring. Moon gels work as well. But if you have a loud snare and want accents, do what I do - play every shot in the groove as a rim shot, and then use regular strokes for ghost notes.
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Old 11-23-2012, 01:03 PM
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Default Re: Need help tune snare drum

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Dynamics has not to do with the snare setup, but with your touch.
So touch more LIGHT and you'll get less LOUD.
That's pretty much it right there.
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Old 11-23-2012, 05:24 PM
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Did I read that correctly, put a pillow inside the snare? Hell I will just trade you for a cardboard box with some BB's in it then.
It heads,wires, dampening and most of all as stated before, your playing that determine how loud the drums are.
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Old 11-23-2012, 05:43 PM
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Default Re: Need help tune snare drum

A snare drum is loud by nature.
If you are playing a buzz roll, the drum will be producing near 80 decibles.
If you are hitting harder the drum will be putting out a max of about 125 decibles.
The sound level that a drum produces is governed by the size and weight of the stick, the height of the stroke, and the down force that the drummer applies to the stroke.
Brushes can also be used to soften the sound of a drum.

Tuning, or head tension only affects the tone of the drum. It will still be loud.
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Old 11-23-2012, 07:31 PM
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Default Re: Need help tune snare drum

You may have overly sensitive hearing,maybe you need to visit an audiologist to be tested.

Acoustic drums like Bob said,by their nature are loud,but is you're truly attempting to play pianissimo and it's still too loud,then it's either your technique or a medical condition.No amount of just tuning will help you here.Try a little gaffers tape or moon gel.Placing a pillow inside a snare drum.....just dosen't make sense.

There's a huge difference between acoustic and E drums.I guess I tend to think of them as real drums vs unreal drums.

While some drums will be louder than others,Pearl masters snares are not known for that characteristic.Your drum can't be "quite old" since that line was only introduced in 1993.

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