So, has anyone successfully quieted their Rock Band drumset? One of the aggravating things about Rock Band, for me, is that the drums tend to drown out everything – the music, the beat, all of it. So you end up cranking the audio to ridiculous levels so you can hear the drums over the speakers and not the tok tok a tok tok tok of people wailing on plastic drumheads.
These do nothing to reduce noise, just easier on your hands. My wife prefers these, as she says they help with hand vibration fatigue.
Easier on your hands, more “bounce” with the nylon (vs. wooden) drum tips, but no change in sound levels really. I prefer these over the anti-vibes as I like the extra bounce. Nylon tips is definitely what we should be using on the Rock Band electronic style drum heads.
Rubber “silent tips”
Looks really promising, but out of stock everywhere until Dec. 14th. I have some ordered.
Plasti-dip rubber dip
Trying this now, dipping the tips of two sets of sticks. Going for many, many coats (5+). I expect it will help, but not sure how much.
Jason’s “rubber tubing”
Go to your local hardware store and buy a foot of surgical tubing or other similar silicone hose/tube. Cost you like 2 or 3 bucks. Then snip off enough to cover the tip of the drumstick, slip it on, and voila - cheap drumstick dampeners. And it improves the “bounce” factor, too.
I found that it cut the noise of my stick in, like, half. Which is still WAY, WAY too loud.
I tried washers but it’s too difficult to get something that stays on the end of the stick. I think Jason’s idea of tubing is the right way to go, assuming you can get it to stay put. One idea I had is to drill holes into small superballs and glue them on to the end of the sticks. Haven’t tried that yet, but it’s a lot more likely to work than washers.
This is basically neoprene in a circular shape; you place it on the drum surface. I’m unclear how it stays attached to the drum heads. Haven’t tried it, but I suspect this might have the greatest potential for quieting the drums. Other materials might work as well, mouse pads, t-shirts? Like to hear from anyone who has tried it…