I started subbing for the regular drummer at a church that had this plywood/carpet/Plexiglas drum sarcophagus they would seal you in. It was ridiculous. From the audience the drums sounded like you were hitting blankets. I asked why they used that and was told "so the sound guy can control the drums". I replied "sounds like you need a new sound guy if he has to wrap the drums in that mausoleum."I used to play behind one at church years ago.
I started taking off the panels and put them in front of the guitar amps.
I thought it was funny.
I don't go to that church anymore.
My take is that it's a PR job by leadership to keep the vocal minority from complaining about the drums being too loud.Lol.. It looks ridiculous but I magine you get a clean sound if recording. Not for live playing..I've had to use some straight panels a few times because "the sound tech requires all drummers use the enclosure"!
But after a bit of pushback they relented.. It was a made up rule, probably so the sound guy could justify the expense of buying the damn things..
- basically we told the owners:
- everyone in the band hates it
- the drums sound muffled or non- existent to some band members
- it looks frickin ridiculous.. How many fishbowl jokes are there?
- it may make the sound guys job a bit easier to dial in the sound.. But from the band and audience perspective its a total fail..I'll never go on stage in one of those things again!Twice was too many times..
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ had a sign like this on a drum screen at a gig I played many years ago lolOne would be advised against dropping ones guts in there.
I'm getting claustrophobic looking at it.
I wonder what time feeding is
It is in a 400-500 seat sanctuary: https://www.reddit.com/r/drums/comments/8q9ajk/we_got_a_new_enclosure_now_the_drummer_looks_like/e0hfzjt/So I think this is simply a recording studio... Not a performance stage.
I've pointed out several times that the level of experience and skill possessed by both the musicians and the sound engineers at most churches is variable, and often both performer and sound crew positions are volunteer. The sound screen becomes a valid tool to rein in over-exuberant drummers who beat cymbals like they owe them money, and to help a sound guy out when he's not sure why there's so much raw stage volume bleeding into the vocalists' microphones.So I think this is simply a recording studio... Not a performance stage.
In this case, it's perfectly acceptable/preferable to have isolation between the drum mics and the other players. Being clear nearly all the way around helps with the connection to the other players for simultaneous or scratch track playing.
From what I can see, it's not a drum shield for a stage.
But I don't want anyone to put away torches or pitchforks, because those stage-cages are terrible and nobody should be subjected to that.
That's very odd. There's even chairs and headphones next to each setup... This looks exactly like most of the studios I've visited... Perhaps a little nicer! The lord demandith the drummer caged!It is in a 400-500 seat sanctuary: https://www.reddit.com/r/drums/comments/8q9ajk/we_got_a_new_enclosure_now_the_drummer_looks_like/e0hfzjt/