Thursday, April 29, 2010

How Cymbals Are Made

If you're a drummer, you're going to love this video. But even if you're not, you'll find it fascinating. It's about the making of cymbals, looking specifically at how Zildjian does it.

Engineers, producers and many drummers don't pay near enough attention to the cymbals and what makes them sound good. If they've been gigging a lot, most drummers learn that heavy cymbals last a lot longer and project better on stage. That being said, they usually don't sound as good for recording, where thinner cymbals can sound a lot more musical (that's a general statement, I know, but usually true).

Another problem that frequently drives engineers crazy is when a drummer mis-matches the weights on his cymbal array, which usually means that the cymbals are unbalanced volume-wise. In this case, the engineer will have to break out a few extra mics to record the quiet ones separately and balance them later.

This video doesn't cover any of those finer points, but you will see how they're made from scratch. Enjoy.




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1 comment:

graham said...

Bosphorus Cymbals has a great video that their US distributor shot on his visit to the factory in Turkey:

http://www.bosphoruscymbals.com/media/1man1hammer1cymbal_final.wmv

Watch just the masters hand hammering the final touches:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVldYiR-B5o

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