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Silencey things
safetyhazard_x wrote in drumming

Possibly called mutes? Or something.

Can someone tell me about these things? What exactly are they? How much do good ones cost? How "silent" are they really? Do they cover cymbals and bass drum as well?

Say if I was to move to a sort of suburban area where I had very close neighbours, would I be able to play drums at any time of the day? What if I was in an apartment and there were people right on the other side of the wall?

Gosh, how do you city people survive?

I know absolutely nothing coz I live in the country and I can make as much noise as I like


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"Mutes" are often foam pads that fit inside your tubs, just laying atop the skins themselves. The ones for cymbals stay attached to the cymbal.

They work okay, but in an apartment complex they won't be enough to satisfy picky neighbors, (and every neighbor becomes "picky" when a drummer moves in.) If you're in a house you should be fine. If you're in an apartment and not on the ground floor your floor tom will be enough to generate complaints.

I used to take my drums outside the city, (to the "country") where I could play in peace. But I've lived in a condo complex for over 11 years, so I bought a digital kit I play in our garage.

Even when I lived in a house, I used to have neighbors who complained. Mostly, during the day, they were shit out of luck, but nobody wants to be hated by their neighbors. (When I played an acoustic kit.)

You can rent practice space if your local music store has the rooms.

The sad things is nobody likes a practicing drummer. Very often you have to balance your right to play (in a house) and your neighbor's rights to peace and quiet.

It sucks, but it's the road we chose.

Thanks for replying.

Simple solution: I'll never live in an apartment.

Phillip nailed a lot of the key points. Mutes, despite any brand or whatever, usually never work more than okay. Plus, the tend to mess up the feel of your drums.

If you live in a house in a neighborhood, I suggest knocking on your neighbors doors and working out times with them that are okay for you to drum. You can try the mutes, but the frequencies of your floor tom and bass might carry over.

If you're in an apartment, things get tricky. With the units right next to each other, bass frequencies carry through walls extremely easily, even with mutes. And if you're on a floor above someone, just the downward force of hitting a floor tom and the bass pedal hitting the drum will make noise. In this situation, I really advise a cheap electronic kit or renting out jam space some where else.

> Plus, the tend to mess up the feel of your drums.

Yeah. Forget about practicing rolls on your snare. They kill the dynamics and individual character of your instrument and are really very uninspiring to play on as well. An electric kit is a better option, though many individuals that purchase such a kit don't realize that the force of stoping on the bass drum pedal on its own can generate quite a lot of noise that carries through walls and continues to annoy neighbors.

I don't really like using those mutes. They do muffle the sound alright, but as said before, they do mess up the feel of the drums.

One of my neighbours has an electronic kit. He lives above us, and that works fine. Sometimes we'll hear a slight thud through the apartment from the bass kick, but other than that it's unnoticeable. It's not annoying, but I guess I'm biased.

Where I am there are a lot of rehearsal rooms to go to, which is a pretty good option if you're living in the city with cranky neighbours. Although they can be a bit steep for one person.

Just buy your neighbours love with a few brewskis or something.

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