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A REMO Review You've got to check out!


djarrett

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Hi, Drum Heads!

I just launched a review complete with video footage, of the Remo Active Snare Dampening System. This is a must read for drummers *and* studio owners.

 

Check it out at:

http://www.musicplayer.com/CDA/Player/Main/1,2228,Reviews--5151621,00.html

 

Please come back after you have checked it out and post some feedback!

 

Thanks,

DJ

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It's interesting for sure ... although this isn't new really. There was a similar device that I had and used to sell at my drum shop over 10 years ago.

 

The name of the product was PureTone. The device was hinged so the drumhead could vibrate freely. The dampener bouced up slightly to allow the drum to sound, then dropped back down. There was a version that fit underneath the snare drum and laid on the snare wires. It would stop the drum buzz by a counter weight adjustment. The unit would lay on the snares and pop off when the drum was hit.

 

Universal Percussion was the supplier for this device back when I had them.

 

I realize the REMO Active Snare Dampening System is slightly different, but not by much in my opinion.

 

I would be interested in hearing from someone who has used it personally.

 

 

 

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Bart Elliott

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Interesting, but I'm trying to get away with not muffling at all. To me, it is like eq'ing while recording...I'd rather not, so I can have the full sound, and then gate it later if need be. However, I wonder if this would have been bigger news ten years ago.

 

Sorry.

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I agree with Cymbals.

 

I watched and listened to the video demo of the device. It is hard to hear the various nuances on RealAudio ... I'm sure it is better than what I can hear on the demo.

 

When it comes to recording these days, everything is wide open. It's much easier to remove ring via compression, gating or EQ. Putting something back is another story. The general rule for recording is to print as much of the drum sound as possible. Until you start to mix the project, you have no idea how the drums are going to sit with the rest of the band. If you record using this Active Snare Dampening System, there's no way to get the natural sound back; it's gone because you NEVER RECORDED IT.

 

I would think that the Active Snare Dampening System would be best suited for practice facilities and/or live gigs.

 

I use Moon Gels on my snare if I need to dampen. I feel that I get great results just by the placement of the gel; either near the rim or an inch or two in towards the center of the head. There are so many variations and it is so light that I don't feel that it dampens the head unnaturally. This is my opinion obviously ... and the way I hear my snare ... and how I like my sound. When I'm in the studio, however, it's all wide open baby!

 

 

 

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Bart Elliott

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You know, I used to own some Yamaha muffles that clipped onto the rim and did the very same thing. You could adjust the pressure of the pad, but it didn't bounce off like the REMO Active Snare Dampening System.

 

The premise was to replace the old mufflers that were inside the drum, pushing up against the head ... which REALLY choked off the sound in a bad way.

 

I typically can tune the drum to react the way I need it to. The relationship between the batter and snare heads greatly influence the overall attack and decay time.

 

Just another thought ...

 

 

 

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Looks pretty cool...I'd like to have one in our studio just for some of the pop bands that come in.

 

I personally wouldn't use it on my kit, my brother and I (he helps me tune my drums http://www.musicplayer.com/ubb/wink.gif), get the Bruford like snare sound we want through tuning...sometimes in mixdowns (depending on the song) we add a bit of compression but very rarely.

 

Like Bart I like to track as wide open.

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