Words for describing drum sounds?

Blankso

Senior Member
Words like punchy, warm and attack. I dont know what any of them mean. Can I explanation? It would be nice to know. And are there other ones?
Some kind of example would help a lot. Like a youtube video or a song or somethin.
 
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Woz.275

Guest
BANG!. BANG BANG. BANG BANG BANG!. BOOM BANG BANG.

BOOM BOOM BANG BANG

BOOM BANG BOOM BANG, SMASH.

BOOM BANG BOOM BANG SMASH CRASH.

LOL
 

larryace

"Uncle Larry"
Sweet tom sound to me = "Dooooom"
Snare tuned for rock backbeat = "Blatt"
My 20" Sabian AAXplosion crash blossoming = "Puuu-waaaaash-sssssssssss" (totally satisfying)

That's all I got.
 

Deathmetalconga

Platinum Member
Chomp: Good balance of attack, resonance, depth and control on a bass drum.

Spank: Sound from hitting the bell of a cymbal.
 

funkytomtom

Senior Member
Are there musicians you can hang out with that could explain this in person? To me the most important characteristics are bright vs. warm/dark.

Bright- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TABgcQ57pOs

Warm- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3z6WBP-BkYk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JOy1nM6UoA - The bass in this song is AMAZING. I would describe it as big, warm, and boomy.


Trashy- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEoYrJ-CPvE&feature=channel

Hope that helps a little bit. I'm sort of still figuring out my musical adjectives. But truly, there isn't a wrong way to describe a sound.
 

Blankso

Senior Member
Are there musicians you can hang out with that could explain this in person? To me the most important characteristics are bright vs. warm/dark.

Bright- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TABgcQ57pOs

Warm- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3z6WBP-BkYk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JOy1nM6UoA - The bass in this song is AMAZING. I would describe it as big, warm, and boomy.


Trashy- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEoYrJ-CPvE&feature=channel

Hope that helps a little bit. I'm sort of still figuring out my musical adjectives. But truly, there isn't a wrong way to describe a sound.
Nah I dont know anybody. And thanks for all of the responses BOOM BOOM CRASH FWEE BIM BIM LOOO!
 

KBadd

Silver Member
My ride is pingy with wash overtones....my ride/crash is a nice blend of washy and trashy.....my Rock Crash is loud and...well....loud...........my Medium Crash is bright, full, and loud........my K Hybrids.....are quick, dry and bright.......................my kick is boomy with a warm smooth punch, my BP snare cracks it loud and deep.......all 4 of my toms are warm with a "dooom". Dude, you should learn this language if you don't know it.
 

Davo-London

Gold Member
Dooom, splat, crash, ping
Thud, swish, darkness, splash
We love to name them
But each one costs more cash

Davo
 

toddy

Platinum Member
when I'm trying to convey something without drums I usually use my voice like a beatbox, one of my old teachers did the same and I took the idea from him.
 

zambizzi

Platinum Member
"Ooomph" - A punchy, fat sounding kick drum.
"Whoof" - The boomy, resonant tone of a bass drum.
"Crack" - The sharp note of a snare drum.
"Pop" - Not to be confused with "crack", a quick "popping" sound from a high-tuned snare.
"Bonk" - Describing the sound of tightly-tuned drums, usually in jazz.
"Hiss" - The wash of a cymbal or hi-hats.
"Bark" - A quick open/shut accent on the hi-hats.
"Splash" - Bouncing the hi-hats loosely for a washy sound...which leads me to.
"Wash" - Sustaining overtones after striking cymbals.
 
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