Drummerworld Pro Drummer - Administrator
Do you guys think the amplified version of the drums should be a strong determining factor when you go to purchase a new drum set?
To an extent perhaps, but the reverse is also true. I have drums that I know will need to be mic'd, so I reserve them for studio or low-med volume acoustic gigs. I also have drums that inhrently have more attack, and I bring them for gigs where I probably should be mic'd, but amn't. All of the drums sound great as-is and when mic'd, but they are suited a bit differently in a strictly acoustic situation. Same for cymbals - I have various sets that I use or various gigs/bands.
How do I know which kit to bring on a particular local gig? 90% of the time, I already know the venue, and when I don't... I ask. If I can't get an answer, I'll opt for the louder kit and adjust my playing, rather than take a mellower kit and beat the hell out of it.