How hard do you have to play the hi hat to be heard?


Junior Member
Jordan and Carter Beauford use crashes for hi-hats.

I use New Beats 14" and in louder situations they are barely audible.

False. I am a Carter enthusiast and he uses New Beats, has for quite some time as far as I know.


Gold Member
I find that hi hats tend to be too loud actually. I usually end up muting the hi hat channel in mixes as the overheads pick up plenty. Sometimes the hats can even overbalance from within the overheads, that's why I usually play lighter hats and sometimes I find myself using two tops (lighter cymbals are generally quieter).


"Uncle Larry"
I refer to the Janka hardness scale. 1470 :p

Of course I'm joking.

That would vary with every song and every section of that song.

Impossible question, everyone's sitch is different.

Like MikeM said, you have to mix yourself, according to what's needed. Sometimes the hats are prominent. Sometimes they are way under everything. Whatever it takes, or not.

On the same song, I'll bring them down for the vocals, and sometimes bring them up for the solo parts. As a general rule, I don't need to "cut through" but some music needs that from the drums. It all depends.