Every drummer learns knows how to use their kit to create amazing rhythms, but not every person uses their drum kit for the same reason. Some drummers are in rock bands in large venues, while others play in their garage. Every drum kit is designed to create a specific sound, and it’s up to the drummer to figure out what equipment will be best for their needs.
With a vast market full of top brand manufacturers, choosing the right drum kit can be difficult for beginners, so here are a few aspects to consider when selected equipment that is right for you.
Size of the Kit
Drums come in a variety of shapes and sizes, which determines the pitch of the sound each drum makes. Remember that a larger drum in diameter will create deeper sounds with lower pitch, as opposed to smaller drums that will always emit higher pitch sounds.
Also, the depth of the drum makes a significant impact on its sound. A shallow drum will give better resonance and tone for something like jazz music or a softer rhythm, while a large drum is preferable for heavy rock music.
Size of Venue
The type of venue you play in will impact whether a large or small kit is needed. Open venues require larger kits that are built to carry sound across wide space, but a drum kit of this size will overwhelm a smaller venue with too much sound. If you want to practice but are limited to your apartment, an electric kit will be best because the sound quality will not blast through walls. Determine first where you will most likely be playing and choose a kit size accordingly.
Not only is the size of where you plan on playing important but also the natural acoustics. This will impact how the sound translates throughout the space: whether the sound is clear or carries echo. For example, a church will have a different acoustic dynamic than a garage and something like a snare drum will sound very different in both. Determine what sound quality will be right for the venue you will eventually play in.
Material of Drum Shell
You can find drum shells made from a variety of materials such as plastic or metal, but for the best quality sound, it’s important to pick one with a wooden body. The wood used to construct a drum will impact the instrument’s tonal quality, creating many different sounds when struck. Softer wood creates lower tones with smaller projection, while harder woods make higher tones with larger projection.
A solid choice for a wood option is mahogany, which gives the instrument a steady with a slight punch. Other choices range from birch wood to maple, each with their own distinct sound. The material of the drum determines the tonal quality of your sound, so it’s important to test out a few choices to hear which you like best.
Consult with Professionals
While it’s important to do research before purchasing, it’s more critical to go to an equipment center and test out a few kits to hear what sounds best to you. Employees at drum centers and music stores are experts on snare drums, tonal quality, and are up to date with the best equipment. They will help you determine what equipment will create your ideal sound and allow you to practice on the kits they offer.
This is the most important aspect of choosing a drum kit because you hear what many drum kits sound like before committing to one choice, and you can learn hands on the science behind the instrument’s sound.
Knowing what sound you’d like to create will make choosing a drum kit to play with much easier. This will determine how well your choice will accommodate your style of music and emit the sound qualities you desire naturally. Don’t get overwhelmed by the options: just know what sounds best and play away!