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Old 02-03-2018, 10:24 PM
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Default Equipment suggestions for quiet band practice.

A couple of friends and I are all musicians and we've decided to get together and make some music. Basically guitar, bass, drums, singer.

We thought about getting together to practice quietly / start writing some songs but I'm not sure of what I could use for drums / percussion.

At times we would be practicing in an apartment, house with a need to be quiet so I was thinking about using some sort of percussion.

I'm leaning towards a cajon. Any other suggestions outside of the obvious congo, bongo, djembe, etc.?
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Old 02-03-2018, 11:03 PM
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Default Re: Equipment suggestions for quiet band practice.

I would use a snare and brushes, and with the snares off, its pretty quiet.
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Old 02-03-2018, 11:15 PM
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Default Re: Equipment suggestions for quiet band practice.

I've used a set of SoundOffs on my regular kit at rehearsal several times. In the right setting, it works quite well.
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Old 02-04-2018, 12:27 AM
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Default Re: Equipment suggestions for quiet band practice.

I've done the snare/brush thing in an apartment rehearsal situation, works just fine, and you don't really need to turn the wires off for volume. Tap your foot quietly and the neighbors downstairs won't be bothered.

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Default Re: Equipment suggestions for quiet band practice.

There are a surprising amount of things you can do with the brushes, tap sweep, accent on the rim, etc. A plethora of available options.

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Old 02-04-2018, 07:34 PM
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Default Re: Equipment suggestions for quiet band practice.

I'm soon getting a kit and I have been thinking of buying a low noise cymbal pack and put silent stroke heads on the toms. I think this is the best solution if you want to work with the same "kit" or the same "ergonomics" and dynamic level.

There are a few options nowadays for low noise cymbals:

The Zildjian ones are the most popular (they came first), Sabian also recently released their version (they look amazing) and there are a couple of other brands that also do it. If you are a bit on a budget, CRX (by TRX Cymbals) made a "budget" option on this that was just released too, they are called "Air Series".
So yea, kind of that the market filled itself with the options, for the silent stroke heads I think the Remo ones are still the best ones out there. If you change top and bottom (or just remove the bottom) the air will just pass through without any resonance which is really amazing. They ARE quiet.

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Old 02-05-2018, 05:15 AM
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Default Re: Equipment suggestions for quiet band practice.

Unplug the guitar and bass amps. Have them use acoustic instruments and sing with no mikes. Then use brushes/hotrods.
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Old 02-05-2018, 05:33 AM
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Default Re: Equipment suggestions for quiet band practice.

Get an electronic kit or Octapad with pedal triggers. Then have the other guys play through amp modeling pedals and you can all plug into a small mixer and wear headphones.
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Old 02-05-2018, 06:55 AM
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Get an electronic kit or Octapad with pedal triggers. Then have the other guys play through amp modeling pedals and you can all plug into a small mixer and wear headphones.
Paradoxically, this won't work : in a really quiet environment because, you'll hear more the impact on the rubber than the processed sound ( I tried it).
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Old 02-05-2018, 08:24 PM
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My vote is play with brushes and play heel down.
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