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If you’re looking for a way to quiet cymbals, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s a quick look at FRX (Frequency Reduction) cymbals, Still Series cymbals, Zildjian L80 Low Volume cymbals, and Mesh drumheads.
FRX (Frequency Reduction) cymbals
The SABIAN 16″ FRX Crash is a pro-level extra-thin B20 Bronze crash, with a shimmering response and exceptionally soft feel. SABIAN FRX (Frequency Reduced) cymbals cut specific frequencies to produce an exceptionally soft, quick sound. These cymbals work in environments where too much attack can be distracting.
The FRX series of cymbals from Sabian feature a variety of micro-perforations that help minimize offensive overtones. They are great for pit orchestras, smaller stages, and applications where attack is needed. They also offer excellent tone and response. The FRX series of cymbals are made of lightweight B20 construction and have micro-perforations to help reduce their ringing.
Still Series cymbals
Millenium Still series nickel cymbals are 80% quieter than regular cymbals. They are perfect for rehearsal rooms, unplugged gigs, and low-volume practice. The nickel plated, brassy finish reduces upper-midrange frequency presence. A quieter Still series cymbal will be more authentic sounding and will give the drummer a more realistic playing feel.
Cymbals are usually the hardest hitting instruments on stage. That means that cymbals are often receiving harder hits than other drums. One way to fix this problem is to use high-quality monitors that seal well. You can use earbuds such as the Etymotic ER-4S, which are excellent for tracking. Another way to reduce volume is by cutting drum bus frequencies by 3-6dB. This way, the drummer can adjust the mix to make the cymbals quieter.
Zildjian L80 Low Volume cymbals
The Zildjian L80 Low Volum cymbal is the perfect cymbal for drummers seeking a quiet sound with the traditional Zildjian feel. The cymbal is 80% quieter than a traditional cymbal, without sacrificing the authentic Zildjian feel. Its low volume is ideal for drummers who have a sensitive ear or for those who are sensitive to sound.
The L80 Low Volume cymbal has a unique matte finish and a patented pattern that’s up to 80% quieter than standard drum cymbals. The cymbals retain the authentic feel of Zildjian cymbals while remaining up to 80% quieter than traditional cymbals.
The most effective way to reduce volume and achieve silent drums is to use mesh drumheads. Mesh heads are made of multiple plies and tensions, and because of their high density, they are quieter than traditional drumheads. Depending on the style of cymbal you use, mesh drumheads may be the answer. The WHD Practice Mesh Drumheads are inexpensive but have a quality feel and don’t produce a lot of noise. The Tama mesh heads are also available in black finishes. Evans drumheads are similar to Tama heads, and have a nice, black finish. They claim to reduce 95% of volume. Their bouncy texture and quiet performance are worth checking out.
Cymbals with low volume can be used in tight practice spaces. Although they reduce volume by up to 90%, they still let you hear kick drums, toms, and snares. The drums can be plugged into an electronic drum module for a realistic practice session. The realism is amazing! These cymbals are also available with mesh drumheads.
There are many options for rubber mutes to quiet cymbal sounds. Various brands and styles are available in the market. Many of them are secured to cymbals. While others can be slipped over them, many are designed to reduce the volume of cymbal sounds. Depending on the desired sound, they can be used for multiple types of cymbals.
When it comes to noise levels, the size of your drum set can greatly affect your neighbors. You can choose from a variety of cymbal mutes that are made of high-quality polyester. Those made by Meinl are ideal for 16-inch crash and 20-inch ride cymbals. These mutes are affordable and easy to install. Regardless of the brand of cymbal, a high-quality cymbal mutes can help you achieve your goals.