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Cymbal taming for live show

Discussion in 'Backline' started by nezvers, Oct 23, 2014.

  1. nezvers

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    I'm helping fellow band as bands tech guy and helping to get best sound possible. But most local places for live show are CRAPPY - small room and no sound treatment (last one had concrete walls and ceiling). Cymbals wasn't miced because it was cutting ears like razor by it self. I told drummer to play cymbals softer, but he's not that experienced to control it that good.

    So is there any easy/ cheap way to tame cymbals for shows like that?
    I'm thinking to put pieces of tape on cymbal edges, but I don't have cymbals to test it out.
     
  2. guy in latvia

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    maybe some moongel?
     
  3. rapucore

    rapucore i really hate spiders

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    Tape under the cymbals.
     
  4. heshian46

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    This, but dont go overboard or it'll sound like total garbage.
     
  5. GeertSamuel

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    Depends, does he have quality cymbals? Don't tape...let him control them, he will only learn from experience.
    Crappy cymbals? Tape 'em..
     
  6. Heabow

    Heabow More cowbell!

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    Hey man, look at this. I've tried it once and it worked pretty well. And it's cheap.
    Otherwise, you can buy/built some plexiglas panels. Not too big but little pieces just in front of the cymbals, mounted on mic stands or, better, additional drum fixations so it comes with the drums and no more stuff on the ground :)
     
  7. nezvers

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    Thanks guys, this is awesome and handy info!!!
     
  8. Sloan

    Sloan Sounds like shit!

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    If you can convince a drummer to use HotRods that helps (good luck!), or get the plexiglass drum shields, they can help a bit.
     
  9. egan.

    egan. daylightdies.com

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    Little square of towels can work like the pads Headbow linked to as well, though with a much more ghetto aesthetic.
     
  10. Fredrik-Ablaze

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    Never tape the cymbals they will crack for sure.
    Cut out circular rings out of thin foam and put them underneath the cymbal instead, just a little bit bigger than the bell size is usually enough.
     
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    Tape on your cymbals will absolutely result in cracked cymbals, if the drummer has crap cheap cymbals and doesn't mind that, sure thing. Otherwise I don't have experience with the Cympad Moderators but I have a set of Optimizers and they're definitely awesome, so I can definitely recommend them
     

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