NAMM 2019: Evans aids quiet practice with SoundOff mesh drumheads

NAMM 2019: Playing acoustic drums at home is not a viable option for most drummers, particularly if you have neighbours who don’t see the merits of 2am paradiddle practice. Thankfully, Evans has a quiet practice solution in the shape of their new SoundOff drumheads.

In the past, Evans SoundOff products have consisted of rubber mutes laid over your existing drumheads and cymbals. SoundOff drumheads feature a single-ply of black mesh material and fit between the shell and hoop like a standard head. The mesh dramatically reduces the volume of everyday drumming and, because the heads can be tensioned, drummers can dial in their desired feel too.

Volume-reducing drum gear has become a big trend in recent years, and the SoundOff drumheads would make a perfect pairing alongside Zildjian’s L80 or Sabian Quiet Tone cymbals. Add triggers and a module/interface into the mix and the SoundOff heads can also act as silent drumheads for an electronic drum setup.

SoundOff heads are available for toms, snare and bass drum in sizes ranging from 8" to 24".


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Chris Barnes

I'm MusicRadar's eCommerce Editor. In addition to testing the latest music gear, with a particular focus on electronic drums, it's my job to manage the 300+ buyer's guides on MusicRadar and help musicians find the right gear for them at the best prices. I dabble with guitar, but my main instrument is the drums, which I have been playing for 24 years. I've been a part of the music gear industry for 20 years, including 7 years as Editor of the UK's best-selling drum magazine Rhythm, and 5 years as a freelance music writer, during which time I worked with the world's biggest instrument brands including Roland, Boss, Laney and Natal.