OK, I know that acoustic drums are not every drummer's favorite and that electronic drums do have a part to play, BUT, what about the crack, crack that only an acoustic snare can produce. You know, that captivating sound that all drummers love. I try to like the sound of electronic drums, really I do, but when I hear the real thing I am hooked. I'm old school I guess! |
Have you ever seen a marching band with an electronic drum line? Boy, they would need some serious extension cords. When playing electronic drums, be sure to always pay the light bill and pray that the sound man does not have a hangover. What I am trying to say, is acoustic drums are self-sufficient where electronic drums depend on a lot of other factors. The drummer is responsible for the sound of his own acoustics' and no one else. They can be played any time any place.
The trademark of a drummer is his ability to tune his acoustics' to the best sound that they will produce. Each acoustic drum has a magic spot. He is a true artist. Acoustic drums are so simple yet so profound. You take a wooden stick and strike a piece of plastic pulled tight over a wooden cylinder and let air do its thing. You bend sound waves to make the drum sound the way you like it. You can add overtones, take out overtones, muffle sound, magnify sound all with the turn of a few screws.
Acoustics' are crafted instruments of beauty. Turn me loose in a drum store and I am a happy camper. I have never met an acoustic drum that I didn't like on beauty alone. Some sound much better than others do but they all have a certain type of beauty.
Acoustic drums are the real things. I don't want to call electronic drums fake drums, so I will call them imitator drums. They imitate acoustic drums. The imitator can never produce a better sound than the real thing because it is not the real thing, just the imitator. Some drummers try to get their acoustic drums to sound like electronic drums. They got it backwards. Sad but true.
Come on guys; don't take the easy way out with electronic drums. Learn to master your acoustics'. You will be glad you took the hours and hours of getting to know you kit. They will produce a sound that none can match.
Happy drumming acoustic style. Vintage Jammer
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