Evans 22" EMAD2 Clear Bass Drum Head
2-ply kick drum batter head with damping ring included
Replacing your drum heads is a great way to restore the sound of drums that have lost their punch and give new power to your kit. Improving your drums' sound can make a huge difference to your play. Whether your kit is fresh out of the box or practically antique a new set of heads that are designed for your style can really increase the quality of your tone.
Here's what Evans have to say about this head
Do you find yourself stuffing your old unwanted pillows and blankets into your bass drum, essentially turning your kit into something that resembles more of a guest bedroom than your prized musical possession? If so, you'll want to read on.
Following on from the original Evans single-ply EMAD head (the world’s fastest-selling bass-drum batter head), the EMAD 2 bass-drum head is a two-ply version offering several different muffling choices that can be easily applied to the surface of the head.
The EMAD 2's batter-head’s perimeter holds a black plastic sleeve that contains either of two black-foam rings against the head. These rings come in two different thicknesses that offer different degrees of bass-drum muffling and alter the playing feel of the drum head. The head can also essentially be used without either of the rings for a more spacious sound. The main advantage of the rings however, is that you don’t have to remove the head to change your bass-drum sound, which is great news!
- Type: Bass Drum
- Diameter: 22"
- Finish: Clear
- Skin type: 2 ply 6.5-10 Mil Mylar
- Ported: No
- Dotted: No
Basic Guide to heads
There are 2 kinds of head on each drum. The side that you hit is the batter head while the bottom skin is a resonant head.They come in single- or two-ply (1 or 2 layers of material) construction in a variety of materials and finishes.
You get an increased resonance and sustain with one-ply heads, while heavy hitting music can sound better on the heavier double-ply heads.
The drum head's thickness is another thing to consider. Thinner, single layer heads have a sensitive response, with bright, resonant sound and complex overtones.
Thicker single-ply heads are more durable and have a higher tuning range with less sustain and more attack than thinner heads.
Two-ply heads have less attack and a quicker decay for a focused tone. They can take a serious pounding so if you're slamming away with a double pedal this might be your best choice.
Some batter heads have a dot affixed to the top or bottom of the head to muffle excess ring. This gives you a more focused, drier sound. Some players still put a line of duct tape on to achieve this same effect but the results are unpredictable and it really spoils the look of the kit.
Note: If you use brushes you're going to want to stick with heads using dots on the head's underside to avoid snagging a bristle.
Drum heads with a white or black coating give a subtle muffling effect. Some have internal sound rings embedded around their outer perimeter to control excess ring.
Many jazz drummers put clear heads on the toms and a classic white-coated head on the snare drum, as the texture of a coated snare head sounds better with brushes. The bottom head on the snare drum is known as the snare-side head, a transparent, extra-thin head that maximizes response to the snare wires.
Bass Drum heads
Bass drum heads can include an internal dampening system on the batter head to provide a controlled sound and a port hole for improved tone and to make it easy to fit a mic. Port hole protector rings are also available to prevent your drum head from ripping or denting when fitting a mic.
- Head Finish
Finance available at checkout for orders £300+