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Sunday, September 11, 2011

What Really Happens To A Cymbal

Drummer's do what they do - they hit their drums and cymbals, usually very hard. Engineer's try to capture that process as closely as possible, but neither group usually has a great idea of what actually happens during the time the instrument is hit. Now we do.

Below is a hi-speed video of the violence that occurs when a cymbal is struck. What amazed me is how deformed the cymbal actually became. It's another good reason why you should never get a microphone too close to a cymbal. Of course, the best reason is that, like most instruments, the cymbal needs some room for the sound to develop.

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