Muffle Drums like a Pro!
Muffling, also known as dampening is a process by which you can decrease the insensitive overtones or resonance which drums produce occasionally.
But, you can avoid this by following the methods below:
# Method 1: By using Cotton Balls
As you know, cotton balls can absorb some of the resonance or the unwanted sound while the drum is being played and it doesn’t hamper the stick strike strength applied. In this technique, you should:
- Gather some cotton balls and spread them apart to make then wide
- Open/take off the side which you strike and put the cotton inside
After this, while playing, with each strike the cotton will jump around inside the drum and absorb the resonance. This method will be better for your ‘floor toms’.
# Method 2: Using Duct-Tape
If you are on a strict expense policy, this method might prove to be economical for you. You can buy duct tapes from anywhere for cheap. In this technique you should:
- Cut off a little strip of tape
- Stick it on the head at the edges
- Strike and check, if you need further, take another strip and stick it beside the first one and continue
Make sure you don’t use too much of tape as it can take away a lot of your drum strike force.
# Method 3: Usage of Moongel
It is a bluish, gel-type stick and semi-transparent substance which you can apply on drum heads and it will absorb the harsh overtones produced. This is a great product, and you can easy make it at home. Unlike Duct tapes, Moongel doesn’t leave any marks or stains behind when removed. It’ll last you very long, and you can reuse it as well.
# Method 4: Using Cloth or Pillows
You can use this method to muffle your kick-drums as they are big in size and need bigger objects for muffling (to get rid of the overtones) if it doesn’t come with holes in the front. You can find cloth or pillows easily at your house. You need to,
- Gather a cloth (like a bed sheet or a towel) or a pillow
- Put it inside the kick-drum
This will sustain the harsh sounds produced from your the kick-drums. Make sure the cloth or pillow is not too big or small in size as it can mess up with the sound it produces.
# Method 5: Muffling Rings
This can be the best option for you as these rings come in different sizes for all the components of your drum set and you don’t need to take different measures for different components. This can support a lot of muffling and reduce a lot of those unwanted overtones and take up the same space as the perimeter of the drum.
# Method 6: You can Tune the Top and Bottom Heads
This process won’t require you to buy anything or use any external objects. This is the most important method in the whole matter. It is recommended that you,
- Tune the top head of the drum to the required pitch
- Tune the bottom head of the drum to the same pitch and the top head
- When they are of the same pitch, tune one slightly (as little as possible) to keep a small difference
- Strike and check and make alterations according to your taste
Follow the above methods as per your choice and you should be muffling your drums like a pro.