Drums and the Problem of Noise.
If you live in Brooklyn, it is likely you have neighbors, roommates, brothers, sisters and parents living within yards of your drumset. Unwanted noise is an age old problem for drummers. Luckily, we live in an era with a few options for low volume playing.
REMO Silenstroke Heads
A new drum head has been produced by REMO called Silentstroke. As the name implies, the goal is volume reduction. The heads feel great and offer the feel of real drum heads at 80% lower volume. The heads are installed on the drums just as regular drum heads and can be changed at any time for regular full volume heads. They offer an incredible practice alternative in apartments and private houses without distrubing family members or neighbors. They also make it effortless to protect your hearing. No more worries about remembering where you put your ear plugs.
Zildjian Low Volume Cymbals
Pairing with the Silentstroke heads to complete a volume reduced setup are the new L80 Low Volume cymbals from Zildjian. They are up to 80% quieter than a traditional cymbal without losing the sound and authentic cymbal feel. Feel is particularly important when it comes to cymbals because there are so many ways of hitting a cymbal and using different techniques to get different sounds and dynamics. This is where electronic drum manufacturers put a lot of their attention and what distinguishes the great sets in that category from the mediocre.
Another great practice alternative that is often used in practice studios are electric sets. These have come a long way in recent years as companies like Roland, Alesis, Yamaha and some others have developed technology that is closer and closer to their acoustic counterparts. The advantage is volume control and variety of sets from vintage to arena to dry studio sets. Reverb, sensitivity and other paremters are fully adjustable to suit taste. Practice can be done with headphones or personal monitors.