Moongel Damper Pads have been the saviour of many a drum performance, but what exactly are they?
Though it might not seem it, the drum kit is one of the most tonally complex instruments there is.
Every component of a standard 5-piece kit produces a sound of astonishing harmonic richness. This, of course, contributes to its suitability to be the foundation of just about any performance of modern music. It’s rich and broad range of tones means that it can cut through just about any other sound, in one way or another.
Drum kits can be a bit, well, ‘lively’, however. A despite being great fun to play when they sound like this, in a band or when recording, these unwanted resonant tones can cause a few headaches.
Thankfully, a small blue sticky pad has been helping drum keep things under control in this regard for years. And the best thing is, it’s from the moon… *
Overtones, under control
If you were to pick 100 songs featuring acoustic drums at random, the sheer range of tones produced even in this tiny snapshot would provide ample insight into the massive range of sounds a typical drum kit is capable of.
This is because of the immense harmonic richness inherent within drum tones, mentioned earlier. To get the sound you want, controlling these harmonics is essential.
Back in the good ol’ days, it was pretty common for drummers to attach bits of gaffa tape to their skins to dampen them, and adjust overtones. Whilst this worked, it was bit crude to say the least. And, whilst gaffa tape’s astonishing versatility can’t be doubted, its aesthetic qualities leave a lot to be desired…
Thankfully some wise drumming types at RTOM came up with Moongel Damper Pads. This pack of clear blue, adhesive gel pieces can be attached to drum heads neatly and can be placed and adjusted easily, but dampen overtones and resonance very effectively indeed.
Unlike gaffa tape, it can be reused and washed, but is small enough to be very precisely adjusted without getting in the way. Plus, if you need them to be even smaller, Moongel Damper Pads can be cut with an ordinary pair of scissors.
Non-toxic, reusable, and sold as a pack of four in a handy, pocket sized container, these are an essential item for any drummer to keep in their stick bag.
And, at under £8 for four, you can’t really go wrong, can you?
* Please Note, Moongel is not actually from the Moon (everyone knows that you only get cheese from there…) 😉
Joe is a contributor for the Dawsons Music blog. Specialising in product reviews and crafting content to help and inspire musicians of all musical backgrounds.