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Old 01-24-2015, 08:28 PM
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Default Evans EMAD2 vs EMAD Heavyweight

Is there any detectable difference in sound between the two? I'm planning on getting a new bass drum head and I'm trying to decide between these two.
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Old 02-04-2015, 09:17 PM
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Default Re: Evans EMAD2 vs EMAD Heavyweight

The EMAD2 has a strong attack but not as much low-end response as the EMAD Heavyweight. The EMAD2 features two opposing films (6.5mil and 10mil films) which cancel out a decent amount of mid-to-low frequency response. The EMAD Heavyweight features two identical 10mil films that maximize on low-frequency response and still have a punchy quality, but with a bit less attack than the EMAD2.

Additionally, the EMAD Heavyweight is more durable than the EMAD2.
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Old 02-05-2015, 07:00 PM
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Default Re: Evans EMAD2 vs EMAD Heavyweight

I would say that EvansSpecialist is right on the money with the sonic differences between EMAD2 and EMAD Heavyweight. I A/B'ed them on two identical size Tama Starclassic Maple bass drums (18" x 22").

For the more "metal" band I play in, I prefer the EMAD2. The extra punch is great at helping the attack of the kick cut through the mix, live. One of the sound guys said he would often scoop out a lot of lows for metal gigs, but he said he didn't have to do anything with my EMAD2 + AF Patch + Audix D6 (mounted internally on a Kelly SHU) combo to make it sound great out front.

For the more "ambient melodic rock" band I play in, the EMAD Heavyweight is fantastic. Still a good amount of attack, but the sound of the kick is just more "full" all around.

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Old 02-06-2015, 03:19 AM
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Default Re: Evans EMAD2 vs EMAD Heavyweight

Yoshinya, have you also tried a regular EMAD or coated one? I've had the regular clear one since I figured out how to actually tune my bass drum and find it's a little lacking in 'smack'. I see a lot of folks using the coated EMAD which ostensibly would add some thickness, but maybe not the impact boost I got when I switched from G12s/G14s on toms to G2s, so I think the EMAD2 might give me that same added smack without going a little too inert like I fear with the Heavyweight.

Wow, that was a ramble.
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Old 02-06-2015, 03:02 PM
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Default Re: Evans EMAD2 vs EMAD Heavyweight

I have used the EMAD, EMAD 2, Coated EMAD, Onyx EMAD, GMAD and EMAD Heavyweight. (Are there any left that I haven't tried?)

I really like both the EMAD 2 and the GMAD for metal. I feel like the GMAD is a good compromise, if you don't like or aren't used to the slightly stiffer feel of a 2 ply bass drum head, but the EMAD 2 is a low-fuss situation for articulation and attack from faster double-kick patterns.

I'd also suggest the Evans AF Patch along with either of them. It makes a huge difference.

Personally, I like the GMAD and the EMAD Heavyweight for all-around playing, and EMAD 2 when I need a little more attack.
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Default Re: Evans EMAD2 vs EMAD Heavyweight

Thanks for the info. I think I'll probably get a Heavyweight, then.
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