If you have ever been in a place where traditional drums are being played, then you may have noticed the overpowering volume that can occur with traditional drum sets. Countless places across our planet has experienced this issue. Some people choose to purchase electronic drum sets while others prefer the “live” drum sound that traditional drum sets provide.
A common solution for the excessive sound that drums tend to produce is the purchase of a drum shield. Drum shields are available in a large variety of styles and are usually fabricated using clear acrylic sheets and clear hinges. The most common shields range from four (4) panels to six (6) panels and 4ft. To 6ft. tall and thicknesses of 3/16″ to 1/4″. The most popular drum shields tend to be approximately 66″ (5.5′) tall with five (5) 23.5″ clear acrylic (1/4″ thickness) sections that are connected using continuous living hinges and have a small opening on the bottom edge of one or more sections for microphone cable feed. Placing the shield around the front of the drums in a wrap around method, or partial octagon shape, allows the shield to be free standing.
When drums are played the sound is generally projected from the front of the drum set forward. The use of a shield will dampen the impact and volume that they may have. As the sound moves forward it is redirected upward and to the sides which has been shown to help reduce the overpowering effects that were once a problem which helps to make the room more acoustically pleasing. The use of acoustic sound absorption panels may also be placed on the inside of the shield to help absorb excessive sound. Many sound control companies and manufacturers offer sound absorbing panels that may be purchased initially or separately. Placing the drum set against a fabric/drape covered wall with the use of a shield has proven to be very effective in many environments.
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