Has Your Taste In Sound Choices Changed Over The Years?

by kindbeats on April 13, 2015

Andrew McAuley: Has your taste in sound choices changed at all over the years? Obviously as musicians, we are supposed to serve the music, but this isn’t about that. This is about your personal preference for when you want to just sit down and play. For instance, when I first started playing drums, I wanted the standard 90’s rock sound. Big shell sizes, toms and bass drum have some thud and punch, snare drum attack in your face a la Dave Grohl, bright cymbals, etc. After I heard jazz and world music, I wanted the complete opposite. I wanted my toms and bass drum to sing, my snare to sound greasy, and my cymbals to be dark and dirty. I fell in love with the warmth and to this day, I still prefer that sound. I still enjoy jumping on a good studio sounding set every once in a while as well though. What about you guys?

Mat Peters: I’m the same when it comes to personal taste. I used to be obsessed with big beefy drums like Dave Grohl ect. But a few years ago I found drummers like Tony Williams and Eric Hardland. Now with my own sound I’m trying to get somewhere inbetween. I play darker cymbals and have my drums tuned so I can play complex patterns but with some beef to them.

Yesitsmear Naldobuzack: I haven’t been actively playing for a number of years now, but as I got older I began to feel more attracted to smaller drums, not only for the sound (projection, cutting thru, clarity, and the ability to tune lower and get that “seal bark” sound), but mostly bcs I’m lazy. and lugging that shit around is a pain in the ass, let’s face it.

Nathan Figlar: I started with 60s slingerlands in the 80s then went to a cheap but big power tom kit Neil peart style, then went tiny bop sonor kit in the early 90 then sonor maples rock sizes in the late 90s. Did pdp 805 big Zeppelin sizes with long kick in about 2005 ish…. Reflecting back I found myself always missing the old slingerlands and felt with each ” upgrade” I was sacrificing more and more deep down…. I was getting what was in style at the time….. So basically went full circle and back to a Ludwig legacy custom (closest to those old slings) never been happier and playing with the most inspiration I have in years.

Jon Berger: Honestly it has not changed all that much for me .Big punchy round BD, round tight punchy toms, at least one that has a nice dip when hit. wide range from high to deep floor.The only new thing for me is 2 snares on 1 kit .main -meaty yet clear articulate snare .That plays whisper soft to very loud, nice honking rim shots .paired with a piccolo high pitch cracking snare .Since I joined the paiste family in the 90’s I was drawn to that musical cymbals sound. full , clearly defined versitile.before i probably was drawn to a drier percussive attack and less tone. But most of my fav drummers all played paiste which is probably why I went the swiss route.

Michael Feldman: Drums: 1970’s: Evans Hydraulic. 1980’s: Remo Pinstripes (except on my little 18, 15, 12 Gretsch jazzer, which i no longer own). 1990’s: no toms, just a Remo Ambassador snare. 2000’s to now: Evans G1 coated (or ambassadors)…so, yeah. Cymbals: 1970’s: Paiste 2002. 1980’s: Rude (except for some Sound Creations for the previously mentioned jazz kit). 1990’s: 2002’s. 2000’s to now: Giant beat, Twenty, Masters.

Yesitsmear Naldobuzack: Now if we’re talking cymbals, the older and dirtier the better. Gimme that 70s Gadd funky cymbal sound every time.

Mary Munroe: I play a Tama Rockstar, which is why there are no photos of it. 😉 Gotta love that particle-board sound. Looking for a DW, 5 piece, Designers. And a few tube drums or stay with my rotos. Eh, who am I kidding~~~ Collector’s.

Gootch Ibarra: I think my respect for the natural vintage tones has been what has changed over the years. Knowing what sounds and drums fit the musical situation is challenging and fun. I absolutely loved the 80s drum innovations with Weckl Vinnie and Steve Smith The Fusion sizes really dominated that Era for me. But because I’m a musical chameleon and really enjoy the diversity in music I just love drums ( gear and set ups ) I’ve been blessed to own and work with some pretty amazing gear vintage to modern … I really do like it all but I guess at this point in my career I still love sitting behind a set of drums that just speaks as soon as you hit them cymbals too … you know that feeling when it happens.

Mathias Lundbæk: I really love the sound Gene Hoglan had in Strapping young lad and i’m going for a similar sound. Toms and bass is like getting a big punch in the face and the snare is just godlike. For cympals i say bright heavy cymbals! I’ve always wanted that sound.

Rich Holodak: Between my original ’64 Slingerland Capri Pearl 3 pc jazz kit with A Zildjians and my 70/80s vintage Sonor kit with A & K Zildjians, Paiste and Meinl cymbals, I believe I’ve got the gamut covered.

Steve McHugh: I would think that, for most of us, what overall sound we would prefer would depend a lot on what works for the types of gigs that we are playing at the time. For example, when I was younger and was doing a lot of club work, my set-ups and my tunings were geared more towards what worked well for playing loudly. But now that I play a wider variety of gigs that includes jazz/GB, church gigs, Broadway shows, etc., I prefer a set-up and tuning that works reasonably well for ALL applications, including playing very softly. This means that I have a compact 4-piece set-up, my toms have a nice warm sound, and my snare drum is not overly tightened to a pitch that only works well when playing very loudly. I also have a few very nice Zildjian cymbals that sound very good, even when struck softly.

Thomas Izzo: I was playing Rock around the Clock with Bill Haley then one day my Dad bought me a Krupa album that was it.

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