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Drum heads

Drum heads. The purpose of this article is to give a general overview of Drum heads, and explain the sound, feel, and durability of drum heads in a modern drum set

Let me start by saying that today, there are so many different kinds of drum heads that we would need to dedicate the whole website to cover most of them, thats why we decided to cover just the basics and fundamentals of modern drum heads, read on...


Drum Head

A drum head is a membrane stretched over one or both of the open ends of a drum. The drum head is struck with sticks, mallets, or hands so that it vibrates and the sound resonates through the drum.
Originally, drum heads were made from animal skin. In 1957, Remo Belli began manufacturing drum heads made from mylar. These plastic drum heads are cheaper, more durable, and less sensitive to weather than animal skin heads, so they are used by a great majority of drummers.

Drum Head Innovation Since 1957
The 1957 introduction of the classic Weatherking line established Remo as the worldwide drum head leader. Remo has developed an incredible array of drum heads to fit every drumming application by utilizing the most advanced technologies. Each drum head is engineered to meet the diverse needs of drumset players in country, jazz, rock, pop, R&B, hip-hop and Latin, just to name a few. In addition, specialized drum head categories were created to meet the specific needs of marching, concert and world percussion fields. Remo heads offer more finishes, types, weights, and available sizes in order to provide the sound, look, and fell that meet the discriminating demands of the worls top drummers.
Weatherking drum head
Remo's original Weatherking drum heads have set the industry standard. Remo was the first to use Mylar®*, a polyester film made by DuPont, to create drum heads that were unusually durable, inexpensive, and weather-resistant, all the while providing previously unattainable pitch, tone and consistency. Their full rich, tones have made these classic heads the drum head standard since their 1957 introduction. The three original Weatherking drum heads are Diplomat, Ambassador, and Emperor
Suede drum head
Suede Drum heads
Suede heads are a new generation of drum heads that utilize exclusively developed films and processes to offer several advances in sound and performance. Suede's proprietary process creates a texture on both sides of the head that enhances the production and reflection of sounds, creating a voice that's across between the brightness and resonance of clear heads and the mid-range articulation of coated heads.
World Percussion
Our foray into World Percussion started, not surprisingly, with drum heads. Remo revolutionized hand drumming by bringing modern drum head technologies and performance to traditional world percussion instruments. The diversity of these drums encouraged us to develop 12 differently shaped world percussion drum heads using Fiberskyn 3, Suede, and Nuskyn to fit today's most popular drums. These heads have the consistency and weather resistance players demand today with Remo's classic tenabilityand sound, and fit most major manufacturers' drums. Our world percussion instruments include collections in African. Asian, Brasilian, Cuban, frame drums, tambourines, and worldwide drums.
Using exclusively developed films and a proprietary process, the RENAISSIANCE drum head is texturized on the batter size of drum head enhancing the projection and reflection of sound. The result is a great sounding, more balanced, better performing head that produces clear open tones, plenty of attack and resonance. The Renaissance drum head is very durable and is recommended for hand as well as stick players.
FIBERSKYN drum head
FIBERSKYN 3 provides a superb, authentic ethnic drum sound when used on world percussion instruments. Fiberskyn 3 is a fast action, easy play drum head that produces lively overtones. Its superior construction and performance have made it the worls most widely recorded synthetic world percussion head.
NUSKYN drum head
NUSKYN is a major breakthrough in drum head technology that may be Remo's greatest innovation yet. Frequency analysis of NUSKYN shows it closely resembles the performance of animal skin, while actually expanding the sound response spectrum dramatically.

The Nusksyn conga, bongo and djembe drum heads feature Remo's tucked heads technology, a process in which the film is wrapped around a steel insert ring just as animal skins are "tucked" around flesh hoops. The results? Nuskyn sounds natural, warm, and full-bodied with enhanced low and mid-range frequencies, without any lingering high pitched overtones.

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