Can't say that I have tried them either but I agree with keep it simple's assessment above. I listened to the sound file comparisons and the one I thought sounded best was the one without the cympad.The very beauty of well made cymbals is the rich palate of overtones, so why would you want to monotone your pies?
Ah, I missed the sound files, thanks NC68. They confirm my suspicions. Those pads, especially the bigger ones, mute the cymbal, reduce sustain, & offer a more monotone focussed sound. The cymbal they chose is bright & glassy. I shudder to think what those pads would do to a complexed dry cymbal. Just about the only use I can think of for these pads, is to mute the cymbals for a quieter acoustic setting. In that context, I can see why Pol might like to try them. Personally, I'd rather hit lighter and/or change my sticks to a lighter style than gag my cymbals.Can't say that I have tried them either but I agree with keep it simple's assessment above. I listened to the sound file comparisons and the one I thought sounded best was the one without the cympad.
Technically, by damping the bell, the fundamental note is reduced somewhat, so there's more focus on the cymbal's harmonics. Same with a drumhead, which is why dot heads seem louder; the fundamental is reduced, so there are more highs (attack.) So in theory, the pads would help make cymbals shimmer more, only moderating the cymbal's own basic note.Am I to understand that they dampen the bell of the pie to control the sound?
I see what you mean. Maybe best to reserve for really quiet restaurant gigs, Steely Dan sessions and last-ditch attempts to resurrect dodgy cymbals ...I also remember them from the last NAMM show, and there is a difference when using the larger pads, but I can't recall if it was good or bad. But cymbals are seldom heard/mic'd so closely that anyone would really notice the fairly subtle differences.
Not very subtle, these CYMPAD guys, are they?I've been using the Cympads for over a year. . and they work great!!..
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Yeah, with you on that Fox. Nothing like balanced critique & observation to build confidence in a product, lol. Might have been better if rickymolina answered some of the concerns.Not very subtle, these CYMPAD guys, are they?