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FAQ

Adoro Worship Series

Common questions



up why do you build less loud drums?

Any instrument builder should reach for building the best possible instrument. But at drums I was surprised to learn that often "sound" is being confused with "volume": it is considered as compliment when someone confirms that your drums are infernal loud. If you have to fight against 4x12" Marshall stacks, you might doubt that playing low volume really is something good. But if you often perform in sensible places as churches, small clubs and theaters, places with awful acoustic situations, you know how important it is to have a drum set that is sensible enough to excel these tasks, since regular drums usually are just too loud and not sensible enough. This is why I built the first worship set, and why we continue to build them until today.

The advantage of less loud drums, besides the obvious, is that you are able to set your monitors at a less loud level, resulting in a way more comfortable volume level for practice and performance for the whole band, even when the event is at regular rock concert volume. Your communication profits as well as the overall band sound, especially live, as the stage sound is less dominant as it used to be, and especially at small gigs, your sound engineer can do a much better job. If he wants to, he can run the event up to 80% less loud, as he does not have to amplify the drums for a good band sound.

Less loud drums give me the freedom to play in acoustically not perfect situations as good as possible. If I use sticks or brushes is a matter of what sound I want, not anymore a matter of how low volume I have to play!

 

up How much less loud is a Worship Drum Set compared to regular drum sets?

To answer this question, you have to notice that volume has two sides to it:

1. physical measurable volume
-this is simple: if the volume meter shows less decibel, the signal is less loud. Due to the construction, our drums are in fact less loud, but not for the sake of good sound. If played the same way as regular drums, due to the construction and less headroom our worship series is appr. 4-5dB less loud. But that is just half of the concept.

2. the volume we "feel"
You sure have recognized that small and low volume instruments as a tambourine do not need amplification, even in an arena, as they can be clearly heard through all the music. The higher the frequencies, the further the sound can travel unhindered. So even though the volume of those jingles is pretty low, it can compete with a full blown PA system.

This is the actual volume we consider. Any signal that hurts our ears will appear as too loud. People who have a general problem with drums in church, will complain as long as he can hear them still. So forget about those. But if the sound of the drums is good, well balanced, you can have the drums way louder than usual before people will consider them as too loud. We achieve this by having a lot of bass in the drum sound. If the drums lack bass, they will sound thin and weak, and noisy. So better have bass in the sound :-)

In order to get drums to sound warm and well balanced, you might recognize that usually the snare is way louder than the rest of the set. So at the Worship Series we have built a snare that sounds full and rich, but has less volume than a regular one. Don't be scared of the small size... it sounds better than many big ones...

 

up Are Adoro Worship Drums quiet drums?


They are definitely less loud than regular sets, yes. But if you want to practice late at night at your flat, well, make sure your door is locked to keep the neighbours away :-) So, for practicing, you might still want some drum silencer, but the worship series is so much more quiet that your band will definitely recognize it, as well as the pastor...

Loudness in it self is actually being reduced by reducing the frequencies between 1-3KHz, especially the attack. So a signal with the same volume but with less frequencies in this 1-3KZh area we consider as less loud.

When using a PA, the worship series enables you to run the volume up to 80% less loud! Why? It is common sense for most sound engineers that in order to make good sound, you have to mike the drums, and amplify them until you cannot hear the acoustic signal anymore. This is unique with drums, usually an acoustic instrument would just be made louder by PA.

As the worship series is designed to be played without amplification, they enable the sound engineer to run the volume at any desired level. We highly recommend to not use drum shields, as those make the acoustic signal worse and are not needed. You will recognize it instantly when using the worship series.

 


up ...and what is it that we do different than other drum manufacturers?

It's pretty simple. We do not try to build a loud drum. We do the opposite. As with every attempt to make drums louder, we lose the full and rich sound in favor of more loudness and attack, we really wonder that we seem to be the only ones who value a sensible, low volume drum set. Strange enough most major manufacturers indeed are on the eternal quest to make drums louder. I thought that's what mikes are for...

What else do we do? We make our own drum heads, and especially the heritage drum heads have a lamination that produces less attack and high overtones, and gives a well defined warm tone. Those heads can be used with any drums, by the way, and can be purchased separately. They do not make your drums more sensitive if they are regular arena drums, but most drums do profit from them sound wise.



up Should your church use acoustic or electronic drums?

Stay authentic: avoid edrums at all means :-) It is interesting: as practical as edrums are, if an audience finds an edrum in a concert, they usually feel betrayed, since it's 'no real drums'. This is especially true when we talk abut churches. You do not want to seem phony, and edrums just have something phony about them. They are just not authentic. So if you cannot play an acoustic set, go for an edrum. But if you perform in churches, and need to play sensible and rock orientated, try the worship series. You will find that the drums are able to sing as an edrum will in near future never be able to. Also, a proper edrum cost a multiple of an acoustic set, so you are not even saving money.

Many worship leaders recognized the better sound and volume control they gain with Adoro Worship Drums. If still in doubt, contact us and ask for a try out month for churches, so you can compare our drums to your edrum system and see which one makes audience and drummer more happy.


up Which cymbals fit best to the concept of Adoro Worship Drums?

Even more than drums, the cymbals are usually working in the frequency band where we consider loudness, so it makes sense to pick cymbals which produce less loudness, and have a warm and mellow sound. While we get drums less loud by reducing the shell sizes and diameters, with cymbals the opposite is true: larger thin cymbals usually sound less loud than smaller cymbals. Also they react less explosive and are therefore easier to control. The less loud you play a cymbal, the better it has to be. While at high volume your cheap tin lids might work well for a rock band, at more sensible passages of the music they will show their lack of musicality. So it is no surprise that a more expansive cymbal often also sounds way better. Anyhow, it is not enough now to just spend a lot of money, we have to keep in mid that most drummers pick their instruments for a semi acoustic purpose, so cymbals for an acoustic purpose should be picked wise. Some manufacturers specialize in such low volume cymbals, as Dream does with their Bliss and Vintage Bliss series, which has such mellow and warm sounding cymbals both at crashes as well as rides.

The Crash cymbal should not be too small. A larger cymbal is better controllable in volume and sensitivity, and usually lower in pitch. It should neither be too thin nor thick. At Dream Cymbals, the 17" -19" Bliss Crash/rides are great for most churches. The ride might be a smaller one, too, if you like the ride to have not a too dominant ping. But some flat rides and semi-flat rides in larger sizes, as the Dream Dark Matter Flat Ride 22 or the Dream Bliss Small Bell Flat Earth (24") are so controlled and quiet, no matter how long you play them.

For HiHats, we also recommend thinner and larger ones, as the Dream Bliss 15" or 16" HiHat. A larger Hihat sounds less high pitched and less aggressive than a smaller one, and will fit more smoothly into the mix.


 

Allgemeine Fragen:

 

up Was für Kessel/Materialien benutzen wir? Welche Kesselgrößen sind möglich?

Bei den Adoro City Lights Drums sind generell alle Möglichkeiten offen, es ist ein echtes Custom Instrument. Wir verwenden Kessel aus eigener Fertigung, die in der Regel aus Buche sind, machbar sind aber viele Materialien. Buche hat sich bei uns als sehr gutes Klangholz erwiesen, das einen mit einem volumnösen Sound belohnt.

Die Kesselgrößen sind verhandelbar; allerdings ist unsere Frage meist nicht nach den gewünschten Kesselmaßen, sondern nach dem gewünschten Sound und Einsatz der Drums, daraus resultieren für uns dann die Kesselmaße. Wer denkt, dass eine 24x24" Bass Drum "echt rocken" würde, kann gerne mal ein solches Instrument anspielen und schauen, ob er damit glücklich wird; während flache Toms ein sehr positiver Trend sind, den wir gerne mit machen, sind wir bei anderen Trends eher skeptisch, und klären gegebenenfalls den Drummer darüber auf, welche klanglichen Konsequenzen ihre "Traummaße" haben. So wird verhindert, dass das Custom Drum Set ein teures Experiment wird. Da die meisten unserer Kunden unsere Drums sowohl live als auch im Studio spielen, gibt uns unser Konzept recht. Nichtsdestotrotz, wer eine 26er BD will, soll sie haben.

 

up Haben wir auch Hardware im Programm?

Unsere Kinderschagzeuge kommen mit Hardware. Die anderen Serien können optional mit Hardware geliefert werden. Bei allen Toms sind allerdings immer Tom Halter inklusive.

 

up Woher bekomme ich ein Adoro Drum Set?

Preise und Verfügbarkeit unserer Instrumenten erfahren Sie über unsere Vertriebe.

 

up How can I become an Adoro Endorser?

We get asked this regularly by professional and semi professional drummers, and get biographies and PR material from interested musicians that want to endorse "Adoro Drums". And for a reason: We started with nothing less than the promise to build the perfect instrument for the working musician. In many countries our drums are already embraced by the profession musicians, and so we are honored to learn that drummers identify with us and want to help endorse us.

Endorsements are advertisement contracts, and require an already large audience for the musician. Easier to get are endorsements for events: we do sponsor events we like with drums, and these do not have to be huge events. We love small stages, where the drums can shine best: where they show their full potential. Huge shows with international artist sure are nice, but everybody knows the drums on stage are miked, and might be manipulated, while at small events usually both visitors and the band are blown away by the unexpected good drum sound. We do depend on such small events where the acoustic nature of an acoustic instrument can be exposed.

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Adoro Drums is a manufacturer of drums and hardware based in Hamburg, Germany. Our main focus is on building acoustic drums for acoustic purposes, as for churches, theaters, orchestras ... [read more: about us]

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