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Old 03-27-2011, 09:39 AM
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Default Good snare heads for ska drummers

currently got a remo coated emperor, and, maybe im just tuning it wrong (im not very experienced with tuning just yet), i think it sounds like crap: its giving my snare a boomier sound than id like for my style, and the wires resonate excessively. any constructive tips please?
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Old 03-27-2011, 02:07 PM
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Default Re: Good snare heads for ska drummers

The Emerors are thicker heads, so they are going to vibrate more than say, an Ambassador or a Diplomat.

I don't have any experience with ska music, but if you want a quicker, poppier snare sound, I'd go with a Ambassador, or a Diplomat which is even thinner.

Emperor: 2-plies of 7-mil film.
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Old 03-27-2011, 02:37 PM
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Default Re: Good snare heads for ska drummers

Tighten the bottom, reso head and then tighten the snares a bit but don't choke them.
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Old 03-27-2011, 03:20 PM
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Default Re: Good snare heads for ska drummers

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currently got a remo coated emperor, and, maybe im just tuning it wrong (im not very experienced with tuning just yet), i think it sounds like crap: its giving my snare a boomier sound than id like for my style, and the wires resonate excessively. any constructive tips please?
You're using a 2-ply head, which is going to have a lot of sustain. For ska I imagine you'd like something quicker and brighter. I have a steel piccolo snare to the left of my hi-hat for ska-style breaks, I have an Evans Power Center on there, cranked very tight, over an Evans Hazy 200, also cranked tight. Like Dad said, tighten the snares but not so much you choke the drum.

Any single-ply head will work well, and I wouldn't even muffle it - get some nice skanky ring off of it. Ambassador, G1, or even Black Dot would sound great, tuned high.
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Old 03-29-2011, 06:08 AM
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Default Re: Good snare heads for ska drummers

Tighten the batter for feel/response first. Then work with the reso, I usually do an initial 1.5 turns all the way around flip it and hit the batter. If there is too much sustain I tune up in very small increments until I'm happy with the sound. (Of course all this with the snares off)
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Old 12-02-2011, 02:46 AM
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Default Re: Good snare heads for ska drummers

I'm loving the sound of the Ambassador a lot better than my old head, thanks guys :D but now I want more "crack" to my snare, do I need more wires or just tighten the wires? I have 10 (originally 12 but 2 snapped off because my friend doesn't know the meaning of "take care of what's not yours").
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Default Re: Good snare heads for ska drummers

you'll want something quick and dry, so I would try an Evans Genera Dry or an Aquarian Focus X.
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I'm loving the sound of the Ambassador a lot better than my old head, thanks guys :D but now I want more "crack" to my snare, do I need more wires or just tighten the wires? I have 10 (originally 12 but 2 snapped off because my friend doesn't know the meaning of "take care of what's not yours").
replace your wires. you can hem and haw at it all day but really you won't get the results you're looking for unless you just get a new set.
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