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Old 03-22-2010, 10:44 AM
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Default Bassdrum head Gretsch Catalina Maple

Yesterday, I had a band rehearsal, and my stock bassdrumhead cracked.
Has anybody ever had a cracked bassdrumhead?

Now I have to buy a new head, but I don't know wich head.
I play mostly rock and metal. I want attack and only a short sustain.
Should I buy something like a Remo Powersonic, or a normal 2 ply head and dampen the drum with blankets, like I do now?

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Old 03-22-2010, 11:42 AM
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Emad or Powersonic if you want sharp attack and little sustain. PS3 if you want a little of both (you could also muffle this option slightly, if you want the best of both worlds)....or yeah, a double ply head....muffle to taste.

The emad and P-sonic will certainly give you the sound you're after though......prob a safe option for metal too. I run PS3's both sides of that same kick, but I like a bit of depth to my bass sound. Excellent for rock!
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Old 03-22-2010, 01:13 PM
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Emad.

EMAD -- Externally Mounted Adjustable Damping Bass Drumhead
The EMAD comes with 2 dampening rings, each of which affects the head's sound and pedal response. This external system not only maximizes natural attack characteristics and offers tremendous dynamic range (even at low dynamic levels where other damping systems fall short), it also allows quick, easy adjustments -- without having to remove the head from the drum. This unique feature is extremely valuable, especially during recording sessions.

Configuration: Clear, plastic damping sleeve on external side holds 1/2 in. thick foam damping rings (included -- choice of 1/2 in. or 1-1/2 in. wide)

Thickness: Single Ply (10 mil)

Sound: Aggressive attack, moderately or extremely focused (player's choice)

Resonance: Warm, tremendous low end

Application: General use, all applications
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Old 03-22-2010, 02:18 PM
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I understand that Emad and Powersonic are about the same, like G2 and Emperor?

What is the difference in tone between Emad and Emad 2?

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Old 03-22-2010, 05:42 PM
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Me personally I would stay away from the e-mads the plastic rings that hold the foam on do not hold up!

First off regardless of the head you get make sure you put a falam slam patch on it to protect the head from the beater.

Secondly: If you want to run a drum with no internal muffling which will make it sound better look at a aquarian SK1 or Sk2 or take a PS3 and use small felt strips between the head and the drum to customize the tone of the drum, that way you can tailor the muffling to your liking. To me that's the best idea.
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Old 03-23-2010, 04:03 PM
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I went to the music store with a friend of mine, he needed some guitar things, and I asked the drum department man about the head.
He also said that the ring of the Emad breaks easily.
I tried a kit with a Powersonic, and it's just what I want, so I take my parents to the shop this weekend, and they'll give it for my birthday, wich is next Tuesday.

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Old 03-23-2010, 04:32 PM
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I went to the music store with a friend of mine, he needed some guitar things, and I asked the drum department man about the head.
He also said that the ring of the Emad breaks easily.
I tried a kit with a Powersonic, and it's just what I want, so I take my parents to the shop this weekend, and they'll give it for my birthday, wich is next Tuesday.

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Be forewarned, the powersonic is not very loud. If you don't mic your kick, I'd suggest a powerstroke 3 or an Evans EQ4.
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Old 03-23-2010, 10:10 PM
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Be forewarned, the powersonic is not very loud. If you don't mic your kick, I'd suggest a powerstroke 3 or an Evans EQ4.
I think my neighbours will like that, and I don't gig much with my kit, but when I'm going to, I think it will be miced (how do you spell that word???)

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Old 03-26-2010, 03:36 PM
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I just bought the Powersonic, I will put it on and let you guys know how it sounds.

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Me personally I would stay away from the e-mads the plastic rings that hold the foam on do not hold up!
Evans; to my knowledge has addressed this problem and is using a better grade plastic for the EMAD ring trays. For the best (IMO) attack and punch from your kick.. EMAD 2
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Evans; to my knowledge has addressed this problem and is using a better grade platic for the EMAD ring trays. For the best (IMO) attack and punch from your kick.. EMAD 2

While that may be true there are too many other options out there for me to be willing to drop another $40 on a head that I've had a problem with.
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Old 04-06-2010, 10:44 AM
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I have the powersonic for a little more than a week now, and I really like the sound.
It is louder than the stock head, my neighbor came in while I was playing, and asked what I had changed, because my kit sounded louder :-)

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