how to make a practice pad sound like a snare drum

gconyers

Senior Member
I just learned this trick to make a rubber practice pad have a "snare" like sound. Take a sheet of tinfoil and wrap it around the entire pad. Push it in to make it conform to the shape of the pad and ensure that it is tight and flat against the surface. Voila. Instant snare pad.

https://youtu.be/sSymgkeea90
 

GruntersDad

Administrator - Mayor
Staff member
I put my practice pad on top of my snare and get an even better result. Thats good for traveling
 
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Ghostnote

Guest
You can also tape a small plastic box filled with BB's to the bottom of your pad if you have a pad that threads onto a stand.
 

gconyers

Senior Member
Ya I sometimes do that as well. This is really cool for sitting on the coach while you're watching tv or can't be near your drums. It's cheap too.
 

MoreBeer

Silver Member
I just learned this trick to make a rubber practice pad have a "snare" like sound. Take a sheet of tinfoil and wrap it around the entire pad. Push it in to make it conform to the shape of the pad and ensure that it is tight and flat against the surface. Voila. Instant snare pad.
Then place it in your microwave to add a little extra spark to your sound.
 

Odd-Arne Oseberg

Platinum Member
Isn't one of the major selling points of most practice pads that they're quiet?
Is that why they made the classic Remos? lol

It's all cool. I don't see the foil lasting long, though.

Working with a group of kids on a smaller room I certainly appreciate the ability to have some snare tone, but at lower volume. The Super Pad pretty much solved that problem.

Who knows? Maybe someone will put a pad with foli on it to good use in a recording situation.
 

TheElectricCompany

Senior Member
Is that why they made the classic Remos? lol

It's all cool. I don't see the foil lasting long, though.

Working with a group of kids on a smaller room I certainly appreciate the ability to have some snare tone, but at lower volume. The Super Pad pretty much solved that problem.

Who knows? Maybe someone will put a pad with foli on it to good use in a recording situation.
Every student bell kit I've seen in the past 15+ years has come packed with that Remo pad. I'm sure parents of aspiring percussionists would appreciate it if they finally replaced it with something much, much quieter. Then there's the black side of the HQ pad. That thing's irritating as all get-out.

Wrapping a pad in foil just seems goofy to me, especially when you make the most ineloquent YouTube video of all time to show people how to do it.
 

Odd-Arne Oseberg

Platinum Member
Every student bell kit I've seen in the past 15+ years has come packed with that Remo pad. I'm sure parents of aspiring percussionists would appreciate it if they finally replaced it with something much, much quieter. Then there's the black side of the HQ pad. That thing's irritating as all get-out.

Wrapping a pad in foil just seems goofy to me, especially when you make the most ineloquent YouTube video of all time to show people how to do it.

No argument from me.

The Super Pad pretty much ended my search for all those reason + feel + dual purpose. The rest of them live in my car for travelling and if I run out when teaching.

I do use the Smith Backstage. When Aquarian starts making a 6" SP I'll use that to make my own, though.
 

gconyers

Senior Member
Every student bell kit I've seen in the past 15+ years has come packed with that Remo pad. I'm sure parents of aspiring percussionists would appreciate it if they finally replaced it with something much, much quieter. Then there's the black side of the HQ pad. That thing's irritating as all get-out.

Wrapping a pad in foil just seems goofy to me, especially when you make the most ineloquent YouTube video of all time to show people how to do it.
For the record, I didn't make the video, I just stumbled across it. Who cares about the quality? The message is what matters.
 

Frank

Gold Member
BTW, there Are practice pads out there with a snare sound.

I'm gonna pass on the tin foil.

I save the tin foil for more important situations.
 
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Every student bell kit I've seen in the past 15+ years has come packed with that Remo pad. I'm sure parents of aspiring percussionists would appreciate it if they finally replaced it with something much, much quieter. Then there's the black side of the HQ pad. That thing's irritating as all get-out.
I wonder how many divorces can be traced back to loud practice pads ...

"You can use this pad while you're watching TV!" Sure, until your wife (who also wants to watch TV) throws the remote at your head.
 

Nate'sKit

Senior Member
I have a pad on the end of my kitchen counter for quick access. When there is various cutlery and so forth on the counter nearby it rattles. Drives me nuts and I quickly move it but maybe someone else might like that sound.
 
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