How to Play Drums Quietly

It’s age old problem for us drummers, we want to practise but there’s always someone wanting you to “keep it down!” People have tried to find solutions for this problem, with dampeners/silencers/mutes to go onto your kit, hot rods instead of sticks and even kits with no shells to lower the volume.  These do lower your volume but still are often too loud for those ungrateful neighbours or member of your household.  Also, they take away our enjoyment of the drumming experience as we miss out on that great kit sound we are used to.

Electronic drum kits give us a great solution to this age old problem as they make very little acoustic sound  so no-one is complaining but pop on a decent set of headphones and you can sound like you’re playing John Bonham’s kit at Wembley stadium!

Obviously, there are two main parts to the playing experience of playing drums – how does it sound and how does it feel.  So Electronic kits sound great but they don’t feel great I hear you say!  It’s true some electronic kits have pads that don’t react like a drum skins but there are some that get very close indeed.

Take the Roland V-Drum range for example.  They developed a mesh-head technology that for our money is the closest thing to a traditional drum skin.  They are even produced by legendary drum skin producer Remo and you can tune them with a drum key.  That doesn’t alter the sound of the drum because the sound is generated from the drum module or “brain” (where again with the Roland V-Drum Range you can alter tuning, muffling, strainer adjustment and even the amount of snare buzz) but it’s to replicate the feel of the skins that you’re used to and mean you can get the skin response that you like.

The guys at Roland have recently taken making Electronic Kits quieter even further.  In 2014 they released three products that significantly reduce the volume of your kit if you play your kit upstairs.  There’s the beaterless kick drum pedal and trigger called the KT10 which has the feel of a high end kick drum pedal and the noise eaters NE-1 and NE-10 that sit underneath your kit and reduce the noise through the floor by 75%!

Of course, there are many other benefits of electronic Drum kits for practise, like in built backing tracks to jam along with, hundreds of different drums, cymbals and kits to play with, much easier to record with and can still be integrated into your acoustic kit to make a hybrid kit.  Yet if you want to keep the noise down you can’t get better than an electronic drum kit in our opinion.

This blog has been supplied by Roland UK