At some stage during your drumming career and indeed your practice time we have all come across the problem of volume. It's simply not possible to practice drums In a regular room accosticly at full volume at any and all hours of the day and whilst the not inconsiderable advancement in drum electronics over the past 10 to 15 years has made a volume conscious practice option available to almost every drummer on any budget they do always offer a tangible difference in feel and playability to that of your acoustic kit and nowhere is this felt more markedly than in the cymbals, rubber pads no matter how technologically advanced will always struggle to match the feel of a ride cymbal that has been on your kit for years, and that is where CYMBOMUTES come in.
The brain child of Manchester based professional drummer Hugh Lawrence CYMBOMUTES are designed to address that exact problem,So let's take a look.........
Cymbomutes are large elastic sleeves that fit around the circumference of the cymbal greatly reducing the volume whilst maintaining the cymbals fundamental pitch, stick response and rebound.For review I received 8" 16" 14" and 20" models ( its worth mentioning that you only need to mute the top hihat cymbal for cymbomutes to be effective) The mutes are available in black,and a snazzy new goldish colour that closely resembles that of a cymbal . And come in any size you could possibly desire so you can mute both your 8" splashes and your 22" swish cymbal.
There's certainly a knack to putting on cymbomutes and your first few attempts may well result in mutes flying across your practice space but it very soon becomes easy to do
Once on the drop in volume is quite substantial leaving only the fundamental pitch and the driest 'tah'Sound make no mistake it's not silent but then neither is a rubber pad.Cymbomutes allow the cymbal to move and flex on the stand as they would without them giving the truly real feeling in playing on a ride cymbal as well as full flexibility of bell, bow and edge sounds crashes are a little more subdued but then the aim here is quiet!
For me where cymbomutes really shine is on hi hats, the flexibility here is simply marvellous as with the ride you have bell,bow and edge but also chick and splash sounds with the foot making it truly fun and expressive to play. To be honest this kind of hihat feel can only be found on the most eye wateringly expensive E-hats and even then is probably still not 'quite' as realistic as what's on offer here.
I can also foresee cymbomutes being quite popular in schools and colleges a lot of the schools I visit during the week in my capacity as a teacher keep there kits muted in some way except when I visit.cymbomutes could really work here as ethier a tool for the school or the visiting teacher as a full set can easily fit into your regular stick bag.
During the review I also experimented with recording a muted cymbal (sabian AA studio crash and a 16" Terry bozzio radia model ) with interesting results, whilst not being a very conventional sound it did have a certain 'found sound' quality that I found appealing, it also made the cymbal very easy to apply liberal effects to during a mix owing to it extremely rapid decay, you can also get some interesting sounds by stacking a muted cymbal on top of an unmuted one and whist this is not the primary intended use for cymbomutes nor indeed everyones sonic cup of tea it's certainly an option. Cymbomutes retail for £33 for a four mute set which is enough for a basic cymbal set up to mind that price is worth the flexibility in the hihat mute alone. If you have trouble with cymbal volume then this really could be the answer your looking for.Check out Www.cymbomute.com