How to choose drum skins
The type of head (or skin) you put on your drum will affect the way it sounds and responds to your sticks. So it is important to match the right head with the style of music you like to play. Here at Artist Guitars, we offer the most common types of drum heads made from high-quality Dupont® Mylar (a super-strong polyester material), at a very reasonable price.
Drum heads come in single or double-ply (sometimes hydraulic because of the layer of oil between the layers). These different thicknesses can come in clear or coated (batter). And to confuse this further, all of these are available with or without a sound focus ring.
Here are some characteristics of the drum head types:
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Any of these heads can be used on top (batter) or bottom (resonant). The choice is entirely up to the player, though generally coated heads are used primarily for top heads.
- For a rock sound with very little overtone, try double-ply heads on top and bottom. This will be less responsive to softer playing because of the thickness of the heads - they need to be hit hard!
- For a jazz sound, try the opposite - single-ply top and bottom. This will be very responsive to soft and loud playing as the heads are thinner. It's important to note that using this set up will give more overtones and require more attention to tuning.
- These are the two extremes, so setting your drum up with a combination of plies will give a sound somewhere in between the "overtoney", responsive drum and a "notey", phat sounding drum.
- Snare drums are usually set up with a batter head on top and a very thin, clear head specially made for snare side. It needs to be thin to pick up the smallest of vibrations and transfer them to the snare wires.
- A great place to start is to go for one of our great value packs. These are matched in a set of 3, 4 or 10 - for an entire head overhaul!
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