How You Can Make a Drum Set at Home

Drumming is a fun new hobby or passion to pick up, giving your mind and body the creative outlet it craves through the strikes and beats. But much all good things, they come at a price. Drum sets are generally expensive, at least the high quality ones are. So, you’re probably considering putting together your own drum set? And that’s completely fine. You don’t have to splurge on a drum kit just because you can’t find better alternatives within your price range. Or, if you’re super craft, making something unique should be your forte, so this could be an entertaining side project as well. Today, we will be going through a detailed guide of how how you can make a drum set at home that doesn’t break the bank but gives you ample scope to practice and learn.

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Option 1: Create Digital Music

Okay, we know that technically, this isn’t a traditional drum kit. However, it bears promise and can surely be helpful. Creating digital music is cheap and with almost endless possibilities.

1. Listen to your favorite musical genres to determine which sound you want. Break the genres down in your head, making sure to put extra focus on the drum patterns and tones.

Usually, rock music features an acoustic, crispier sounding drum tone in an attempt to replicate the performance of a live band. In contrast, jazz drums generally feature lots of treble, making it thin so it won’t overpower the rest of the instruments. R&B, Rap, or Dubstep music uses a more synthetic tone with a deep bass sound.

2. For the snare, select something high-pitched so it cuts through. The snare is meant to produce a high-frequency, crispy tone that can be heard over the rest of the band, so it’s a good idea to build around the it so you can select complementary sounds with more mid or low-range tones.

Best rock snares produce a strong “crack” sound, enabling them to effortlessly cut through the entire band. The jazz snare is looser and flatter in comparison. This helps accentuate ghost notes and drum rolls.

3. R&B, dubstep, and rap tracks mostly use a variety of tones for the snare, such as claps or snaps. Just make sure the tone is what you were originally going for.  Often, produces will layer snare drums, essentially using multiple tones. Putting a lower tone under a high-frequency snare gives you a more powerful sound.

Select a lower bass drum sound. The snare is the opposite of the bass drum. As the latter makes up the low-end of your drum kit, so it’s best to get a low-frequency sound. Ideally, you should be able to hear the tones and notes clearly, but nothing that overpowers the rest. R&B, dubstep, and rock music often feature super heavy bass sounds while metal, jazz, or punk music comes with a mellower bass drum.

4. Cymbal tones bear resemblance across genres, but variations can be made as preferred. Make sure your cymbal tones aren’t overpowering the whole kit. The ride and hi-hat cymbal produce swift “click” sounds to provide a consistent rhythm.

Rock music generally features a more sustained and pronounced cymbal sounds to highlight particular beats, while R&B and jazz don’t do much in accentuating the cymbals. For added variety, you can also mix some closed and open hi-hat sound. A close hi-hat coves only one beat, whereas an open one has more vibration and sustain. Make sure to balance the cymbals so they don’t overpower the other drums. It should be loud enough to be noticed, but not so loud that it unintentionally covers the entirety of the band.

5. You also add tom tones. They aren’t an essential part, but they surely add some much needed range to your drum set. Kits normally include two or three toms, within low to high pitches. If toms are used, make sure they have a low- to mid-frequency within the bass and snare pitch. What this will do it fill the kit with more usable tones.

How You Can Make a Drum Set at Home
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Option 2: Build Your Drum Set from Household Items or Scraps

Recycling can be an important part even in how to make a homemade drum set. If you have old drum kit scraps lying around in the garage, anything that’s not rusted and seems to work with the kit, don’t be shy to use them. You’ll be saving money and the planet a lot of hassle breaking it down.

Are you the first drummer in the family? If not, chances are that you will find recyclable materials if you asked the seniors. Granted, sitting them scrubbing at every lugnut can be rather tedious, but the moment when you sit back and take in the beauty of your own creation, it’s all worth it.

However, if you don’t have the time or patience required to restore old parts, you can also put together a makeshift drum set from household items. You’d be pretty shocked at some of these ideas.

For the toms, you can use two or three plastic buckets of different sizes. Feel free to use any spare container you have lying around the house, or head to your nearest grocery store for some. Any rounded container is counted as a decent choice. But make sure to cover the top of these buckets with a cap and seal shut with tape.

Fill some coins into a cookie jar to make the snare drums. Metal items can replace cymbals. Try a small metal lid or metal bar for the hi-hats, and a larger lid for the cymbals. And if you don’t have drumsticks, grab a pair of wooden spoons – they are essentially the same thing!

Bottom Line

There are two spectrums to building your own drum set – making one from scratch, and restoring the glory of an old kit to make it usable. We hope our guide on how to make a homemade drum set was useful!

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