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Moongel Damper Pads (Pot of 6)

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Gel tends to vibrate with the head, so there is a more controlled dampening. Sometimes it's not enough, and which case either more is needed, or go to the napkin & tape, which really damps the head and provides a short, tight muffle.

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It really depends on the sound that you are going for....moon gel adjusts some of the ring out of the drum - maybe just some of the annoying (if any) overtones. E-rings are going to dampen most of the overtones out the drum, giving a fat sound. I have always been a fan of the tom sounds on Bryan Adams' early records and I think that this may have included muffling in the form of the E-ring, precursor - cut the outer edge off of an old drumhead and tape it to the head. Worth noting that there is a difference between gel as a damper, and a napkin/kleenex pad held on with gaff tape. The really cool thing is that you can tailor what you take out of the sound by where you place the gel. On a cymbal, placing it by the bell takes out overtones. Near the edge takes down the sustain. I get similar effects on drums.Let's see there's the peace sign, the hitch hikers sign, the pinky swear sign, the devil horns sign, there's the thumbs up, the thumbs down, the Vulcan live long and prosper sign, the I got my fingers cut off on a table saw sign, the high five, the high four, three and two....I feel like I'm missing some...

Moongel Damper Pads-Drum Sounds Before And After Adding Them

I've attached a pic of the carved up target along with a freshly harvested piece of gel. Not a pretty sight but certainly very economic, You are able to cut much more customized pieces out of whatever size slab you cut out with a safety razor than the gumball rubber hands....unless you like you're drums having little rubber hands on them (....not judging. LOL!) It's different, but maybe not better: I use one or two small rectangles of Dr. Scholls Mole Foam (not the Mole Skin) on my snare drum.There are number of 'drum wallets' or mufflers that can be applied/removed. I have something similar to below (not the same) and gives instant access to a muffled or open tone which I just have for a snare in mid performance. The Honey Gels are more for lighter muffling or even for toms if I want that particular sound for that moment. You’ve got to think outside your instrument and play outside your instrument. You’ve got to think about the music: What is the Music? Where are the other players? What’s going on? Where’s the groove?” - Stewart Copeland

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Rings are another effect as well, attenuating the harmonics that live at the edge of the head, and accentuating the funamental punch. Window gels are sized different too, the bigger ones on bigger drums etc. can't do that with squares, they're all the same sizeLadies(Les?) and gentlemen, I feel the need to bring this up although I have mentioned it in other threads. Window gels come in a myriad of shapes and colours too, you can even get seasonal with the designs, way more fun than plain old squares!

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