Used on a acoustic floor tom, it feels pretty good and I'd say very close to an actual head. (preference and depends on tuning)
Volume wise it's definitely quieter than a acoustic head, however, we don't use it for volume reasons, we use it because we trigger all drum shells (through DDrum DDTI) and trigger drum software (GGD,Drumforge,SSD, etc)
It's important to understand that you will still have the impact noise, it's still a 16" tom that you're bashing your sticks in! So, unless you've got a floating floor (be it a podium or the room itself) your neighbor will still hear the thud.
Either way, this wasn't a concern in our studio, we purely don't want to have shell sounds/bleed in the overhead/spot mics and therefore wanted a mesh head solution. The Remo single ply mesh head does the job very well and so far it seems to last for quite some time. You'll most likely have to tune the head a little tighter than you'd tune your acoustic head.
If you leave your resonance heads on, you'll still get some tone/pitch, or if you take the reso heads off, it'll be the quietest solution.
Even though they seem to last for quite some time and for toms I'd say the single ply versions should be enough, for kick and snare however I'd have a look at a 2-ply version if you're in the rock/metal area ;-)
I've tryed many many ways to play the drums where I live (block of flats). This thing mounted in place of a batter head didn't just give the possibility to study whenever I wanted, but also to make HOME RECORDING with good results.
I have my whole kit fitted with Silent Stroke heads and use the for live playing in a small church room where volume is a real issue. This head has a lovely deep tone and good rebound. It's a far better solution than using damping pads which give you no sustain.
The quality of Silent Stroke heads is excellent and, whilst I've only had them for a few weeks, they seem to be really sturdy and should last well, even with heavy use.
It's really nice not having to hold back when playing an practicing. I'd recommend these to anyone for whom drum volume is an issue.
I transform a 16 floor tom into a bass drum, with this head I reduced substantially the noise, my neighbours dont complain anymore about my practice, ideial for who lives in an appartment, and wants to practice
This product is what drummers from all over the world were waiting for . It's basically the solution to all your volume problems . If you have E-Drums Throw them buy acoustic ones and put these heads on . The feeling is the closest you can get to a real drum head and they are as quiet as a pad but also can give a tone out of the drums if you tune them a little high . You can check out some videos on youtube and you will see for yourself how quiet and good for practise these heads are . Stiv Black
I bought this as a method of reducing the volume of my snare to play in a small venue rather than for practice. The quality is excellent and whilst I've only had it a short while, it looks made to last. The response is good, if a little rubbery and the tone is pretty good too. Using it with a snare, however, it doesn't give you the same sharpness a normal head would. You do get the crack of the snare wires but you have to put some effort in to get it and it is not as crisp as a normal head.
In terms of volume reduction, this is excellent. The website says it will reduce the volume by up to 80% and whilst I can't verify the exact reduction, it does make a massive difference. I have the 22" bass drum head too and I can really bury the beater without deafening people. Like the 14" head, it has a nice tone.
All in all it's well worth the money whether for practice use or for playing in an environment where you need to play quietly.
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