Best headphones for drummers 2022: sound isolation for the studio, rehearsal room and stage (2022)

By Jai Widdowson-Jones

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10 great options, including the best headphones for electronic drums

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Drummers need headphones. Whether it’s for playing along to a metronome or backing track in a live setting, recording with other band members, or practicing at home, a pair of the best headphones for drummers can make for a significantly better playing experience. Not to mention they’re a necessity if you’re playing on an electronic drum set.

Moreover, playing the drums - whether electric or acoustic - can be incredibly loud, so taking care of your aural health is ultra important. Having a pair of drummer-friendly headphones will enable you to direct and control which specific sonics you need, right to your ears. Some pairs will even help protect from harmful frequencies.

Not sure where to start? Head to the buying advice section for more guidance, or keep scrolling for our top choices.

Best headphones for drummers: Our top picks

First and foremost, we’d point you towards the Beyerdynamic DT770s (opens in new tab). These are the best overall drumming headphones out there, since they cover all bases. They deliver clean sound representation, sturdy build quality to help protect them from flying drumsticks, and they don’t cost the earth.

If you’re more inclined towards in-ear monitors and your budget is healthy, we’d suggest going for the Shure SE846s (opens in new tab). The high price point pays for itself if you’re in need of a good pair of in-ear monitors for touring, rehearsals and home practice; especially if you’re not looking to fork the additional premium for custom molded ear plugs.

Finally, we can heartily recommend the Vic Firth SIH2 headphones (opens in new tab). They’re made by drummers, for drummers. These are an excellent - and very well priced - option that do their bit to protect your hearing as well as giving you the sonic feedback you need in most drumming situations. They’re perfect for practicing, teaching and, in particular, electronic drum set players.

Best headphones for drummers: Product guide

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1. Beyerdynamic DT770 (80 Ohms)

Industry standard for a reason. These are the best headphones for drummers overall

Specifications

Launch price: $179/£129/€149

Style: Over-ears

Ideal for: Recording drums, writing music, home sessions, rehearsals, most gigging situations

Cable length: 3 m

Reasons to buy

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Excellent sound delivery

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Solid price point

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High build quality

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Synonymous with recording studios the world over

Reasons to avoid

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Bulkier than in-ears

Some gear is so legendary that it has a sort of iconic status. The

Shure SM58

microphone, the Ludwig Supraphonic snare and the Beyerdynamic DT770 headphones are amongst such musical royalty. The most obvious reason that the DT770s get so much love is that they sit at a perfectly affordable price point whilst delivering some of the highest quality sonic performance on the market.

These classic cans are so well rounded that it’s hard to find anything genuinely critical to say about them. In a studio situation drummers will be able to hear themselves cleanly, enabling them to strike that perfect balance between playing with intent and not overplaying. The closed-back design also gives the 770s some isolation, which is useful for all types of drumming, whether you’re sat behind an acoustic or electronic kit.

They come complete with a durable 3m cable, mini and regular jacks and a handy bag for carting them between home and the studio or venue. The frequency response of 5-35,000 Hz will suit a wide range of musical situations and the 80 ohm version we’ve opted for here is perfect for all but the most serious of audiophiliac producers.

Read the full Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro review

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2. Shure SE215 Pro

The best in-ear headphones for drummers not looking to break the bank

Specifications

Launch price: $119/£99/€109

Style: In-ears

Ideal for: Playing live, rehearsing at home, listening to music.

Cable Length: 162 cm (removable)

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Reasons to buy

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Dynamic sound quality for the price

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Comfortable in-ear design

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Customisable ear buds

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Removable cable

Reasons to avoid

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There are better in-ear options for pro players

In our experience, Shure is an exceptionally reliable brand when it comes to musical equipment, and the SE215 budget in-ear monitors epitomise that. They feature dynamic microdrivers to deliver deep, responsive sonics, particularly for such small headphones. This enables them to focus on a customisable, comfortable design that feels sleek.

As far as in-ears go, many swear by the 215s and say there’s no need to upgrade further. This of course, is down to personal needs and preference, but hobbyists to semi-professional musicians certainly couldn’t go wrong with these. The 162cm cable is a little short for drumming applications, however it can be removed with ease and replaced if you find yourself needing more.

The included transport case is sturdy and protective, the cable itself is wire enforced and the extra ear bud options - different sizes and materials are supplied - are perfect for customising your pair to your level of comfort. We’d recommend looking slightly higher up the price bracket for serious touring or recording options, but for everyone else looking at in-ears, these would be an excellent choice.

Read the full Shure SE215 Pro review

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3. Beyerdynamic DT 700 PRO X

A new, albeit pricier, challenger to the DT 770 Pro’s throne

Specifications

Price: $279/£219/€249

Type: Closed-back, over-ear

Frequency response: 5Hz - 40kHz

Impedance: 48Ω

Driver type: Dynamic STELLAR.45, 50mm

Connection: Wired, detachable

Reasons to buy

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Great isolation

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Superb sound

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Extremely comfortable

Reasons to avoid

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Costlier than the DT 770 PRO

Introduced late in 2021, Beyer’s DT 700 PRO X is an entirely new addition to their model line-up that promises to improve upon the already successful DT 770 PRO listed elsewhere in this guide.

Retaining those famously squishy velour ear pads, the 700 PRO X adds refinements like a slicker, more modern design, a choice between 1.8m and 3m detachable cables - the longer option is ideal for giving you freedom of movement behind the kit - and a new transducer architecture in the form of the STELLAR.45 driver that delivers detailed and vibrant sound.

Ideal for general studio use, the durable, closed-back design and thick padding offers superb isolation for acoustic drummers too, making these a great fit for the drum booth. Meanwhile, the sound from electric kits is punchy and powerful due to the low 48Ω impedance, and the detachable cable system means you can easily swap between the two included straight cables of different lengths to match your setting.

Read the full Beyerdynamic DT 700 PRO X review

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4. Vic Firth Stereo Isolation Headphones V2 (SIH2)

Drummers around the world swear by these brand-name noise blockers

Specifications

Launch price: $89/£59/€69

Style: Over-ears

Ideal for: Home practice, small-scale recording sessions, electronic drum kits

Reasons to buy

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Aimed at protecting drummers’ hearing

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Built to last

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Long cable and adapter included

Reasons to avoid

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There are better options if you're after premium audio quality

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The original Vic Firth Stereo Isolation headphones were revolutionary, geared towards helping drummers protect their hearing when playing at loud volumes. This updated version includes cleaner mids, heavier lows and a more comfortable headband, and all for well under $/£100.

If you’re looking at doing a lot of home practice on an acoustic or electronic drum kit - regardless of your age - you’ll want to protect your hearing as best you can. This is the main purpose of the Vic Firth SIH2 headphones.

But there’s more to them than pure sound isolation. Once you’ve got your chops in good enough shape to get into the recording studio, these puppies will give you all the sonics you need to hear yourself cleanly and play with more finesse.

These cans are built to last and are significantly chunkier than most other over-ear options. Considering the very modest price point, there’s not much to complain about here, and we can highly recommend them for entry level, hobbyist and electronic drummers alike.

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5. Shure SE846

The professional in-ears of choice without going custom-made

Specifications

Launch price: $1,099/£849/€949

Style: In-ears

Ideal for: Gigging, mixing drums, practicing, listening to music

Cable length: 162 cm (removable)

Reasons to buy

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Impeccable, high definition sound performance

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Sturdy build quality

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Sound isolation up to 37db

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Tons of added extras included for customisation

Reasons to avoid

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They're very expensive

If the Shure SE215 Pro’s look good to you but you think you’ll need more firepower, this is the next set to look at. The stalwart brand has really pulled out all the stops for their SE846 models. With deep, bassy quad-drivers providing rich low-end and an uncoloured overall sound; these IEM’s give a true representation of your playing and will allow drummers to play with comfort and precision.

Speaking of comfort, the Shure SE846s come with a boatload of added extras, including 8 different pairs of interchangeable sleeves (the bit which actually sits inside your ear), as well as 3 different filters which you can manually change to achieve a more balanced, warm or bright sound. On top of this they come with a premium carry case, 1/4” adapter and accurate cleaning equipment.

Overall, the SE846s are a generous alternative to custom-made in-ear monitors at a fraction of the (admittedly high) price. They will serve professional drummers in most situations and can be seen as an investment in yourself and your career. With a two year warranty, if you’re not ready to commit to moulded ear plugs just yet, these are a workhorse pair you can rely upon long-term.

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6. Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro

Gamers and streamers swear by these, but should drummers too? Yes.

Specifications

Launch price: $179/£129/€149

Style: Over-ears

Ideal for: Recording drums, writing music, most gigging situations

Cable Length: 3m

Reasons to buy

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Excellent sound quality

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Clear and crisp dynamic representation

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Comfortable

Reasons to avoid

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Open back, so slightly less isolation than the DT770

The Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro is a famous headset because video game streamers such as Ninja like to use them. In terms of purpose, they essentially serve as the ‘open-back’ offering for those who don’t like the idea of the DT770’s closed backs. What this means is that the dynamic representation is more realistic for most listening experiences, because they take into account ambient noise. Now, while this is better for mixing, in a drumming situation the closed-back design wins out because any extra sound isolation is an added bonus.

Sibling comparisons aside though, the DT990s are an excellent set of cans that feel very comfortable over the ears, have deep rich bass and clean crisp highs, as well as perfectly balanced mids. In our opinion, these are the best option for drummers playing on electronic drum kits, especially if also dabbling in a little bit of production.

As with the DT770s, these come with a 3m cable, a handy carry case, a jack adapter and a very similar price point. The build quality is incredibly high so you shouldn’t need to worry about replacing them in a hurry. All in all, if you’re looking for a pair that you can use for almost anything, these will make an excellent choice.

Read the full Beyerdynamic DT 990 PRO review

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7. AKG K72

If you want bang for your buck, look no further. AK-jeez!

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Specifications

Launch price: $49/£29/€39

Style: Over-ears

Ideal for: Recording drums, writing music

Cable length: 3 m

Reasons to buy

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Excellent value for money

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Closed back design

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Comfortable to wear

Reasons to avoid

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Slightly coloured mids might put some drummers off

The AKG K72 headphones come with everything you need, at a good enough price for most beginner to semi-pro drummers. If that’s all you’re looking for, look no further. For those wanting a bit more information, let’s elaborate on some of the specifics.

Included in the box is the standard 3.5-6.3mm jack adapter and the ‘phones come with a 3m cable attached, which is nice and long for recording sessions. There’s no flashy case included here, but for the price the K72s are still a bargain. What these headphones do so right is they cover the bases that the majority will need. The sound is compressed in such a way that everything can be heard clearly, albeit without many subtleties, the build quality is solid and the purpose is fulfilled. Everything is good enough.

However, as there are no frills included here, some might find the absence of specific sonic definition a bit lacklustre. For example, if you are playing with a very jazzily-tuned kit, the playback through these headphones will be unlikely to capture some of the subtlety you’ll be used to hearing live. While not a game-changer, this might be the deciding factor between spending the bargain price on these, or going for something a little more detailed.

Read the full AKG K72 review

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8. Sennheiser HD25 Plus

The best on-ear headphones available for drummers right now

Specifications

Launch price: $199/£159/€179

Style: On-ears

Ideal for: Live gigs, recording drums, writing music, home sessions, rehearsals, mixing

Cable length: 1-3 m coiled (comes with 1.5m wire cable also)

Reasons to buy

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Dynamic and responsive sounds

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Sleek design

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Closed back for good isolation

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Additional extras included

Reasons to avoid

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Dynamic compression is not the most accurate

If you prefer the idea of on-ears and are looking for something that will suit a live scenario, we would wager these will come up time and time again in your research. The Sennheiser HD25 headphones are something of a go-to pair for drummers (they work as great DJ headphones, too) due to their sturdy build, excellent dynamic sound and ability to withstand very high sound pressure.

A gigging drummer - especially one in the field of electronic music - would do well to utilise these. Their dynamic compression; whilst not the most accurate or clean, has a really nice vibe that enhances most mixes sent through it. The lightweight design also really helps you feel connected with the gig, not to mention there’s actually some pretty solid sound isolation on offer here, too.

The ‘plus’ version amps all of this up a notch with their inclusion of some useful extras such as the coiled cable. Definitely a matter of preference, but this alone will be enough to make some drummers want to spend a little extra, as coiled cables tend to last a bit longer. Also included are a carry pouch and some extra cushions for the ear pads, adding even more value to an already great value set of cans.

Read the full Sennheiser HD25 review

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9. Audio-Technica ATH-M50x

A solid, stylish option for drummers looking at over-ear headphones

Specifications

Launch price: $189/£139/€159

Style: Over-ears

Ideal for: Recording drums, writing music, home sessions, rehearsals, most gigging situations

Cable length: 1-3 m coiled, 3m straight, 1.2m straight cables all included

Reasons to buy

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Very sleek design. Also available in White and Purple

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Solid sound quality

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Detachable cable included

Reasons to avoid

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A bit uncomfortable for longer sessions

Let’s be real. Style is important. If you’re the kind of person who finds blacks and greys boring and tends to veer towards more colourful offerings, that’s probably the first thing you’ll notice with the ATH M50x’s: they come in 3 different colours. Our personal favourite here is still the Black, but the purples definitely stand out from the crowd.

Aesthetics aside, these are a solid pair of headphones that, while not as impressive as some of Beyerdynamic’s offerings in the same price range, definitely have their own thing going on. For instance, the ATH M50x’s come with three different cable styles included; one of which is the coveted ‘coiled’ design, which a lot of drummers will love. They also come with a travel case and are collapsible, meaning they’re perfect for use on the tour bus as well as on stage. Moreover, since the cable is fully detachable and they are a closed back design - with passive noise cancellation included - they work great as ear protection too.

In terms of sound, they shine brightest when used for their predominant purpose as monitor headphones. Using these whilst recording is a delight, due to their accurate sound depiction and clear mids. In a live setting they do a great job of representing drum tones whilst blocking some external noise, however they are a little uncomfortable during prolonged wear, so it might be worth giving them a trial run before committing fully to them.

Read the full Audio-Technica ATH-M50x review

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10. Sennheiser IE400 Pro

In-ear monitors from Sennheiser that offer great sound at a great price

Specifications

Launch price: $319/£229/€269

Style: In-ears

Ideal for: Touring, recording and home playing

Cable length: 1.3 m, detachable

Reasons to buy

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Great value for money

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Clear, punchy sound profile will keep you locked in live

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Durable cables

Reasons to avoid

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Known to be a little uncomfortable

The world of in-ear monitoring can get very expensive, very quickly. That is what the IE400 aims to solve. Think of these as a gateway pair of earphones for drummers wanting a tailored on-stage sound, but are tentative about spending four figures on something they might not get on with.

Much like the AKG K72s, Sennheiser has on offer here a set that will do everything you need them to do and nothing more, and won’t charge you through the nose for it. The ‘TrueResponse’ driver system provides a deep, clean sound that provides all the clarity in instrumentation a drummer needs on stage or in the studio. Bass is deep, mids are present and highs are choppy as ever. The buds themselves are a little uncomfortable, but thankfully there are six different adapters for these to choose from, so most people should be able to customise to their liking.

Also included is a transport case, the standard jack adapter and a cleaning tool. Overall these IEMs do an excellent version of the job they’re designed to do, and won’t break the bank when doing so. If you’re thinking about dipping your toe into the world of in-ear monitoring, they’re well worth a try.

Best headphones for drummers: Buying advice

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Choosing the best drumming headphones for you

The first thing to consider when looking at a pair of the best drumming headphones is what your specific needs are. Are you about to embark on a month-long tour and need some cans to kick out those backing tracks with clean precision? Perhaps you’re a hobbyist who’s just looking for something to use with an electronic drum kit you just bought? Working this out will inform the type of qualities you’re looking for in your headphones.

Drumming headphones types

In the world of headphones for drummers, there are three distinct categories:

In-ears: These are, as the name suggests, smaller earbuds that go directly into your ears. Anyone who’s used a pair of earbuds like Apple’s AirPods will know what to expect in terms of comfort. When it comes to in-ears, a cable connects the earphones together, and this can be wrapped behind your neck to make them extra secure and avoid you accidentally pulling them out as you play. Some in-ears specifically designed for live performance are attached to a monitoring pack and are known as ‘in-ear monitors’ (or ‘IEMs’ for short). The technology used tends to make these a more expensive option, so these are probably only essential if you’re embarking on long tours with a very sophisticated live set-up.

Over-ear headphones: These will sit over your whole ear and thus block out quite a lot of external sound, making them ideal for recording situations. They are able to kick out a deep sonic range and can give very accurate monitoring feedback in quiet environments. Over-ears are considered quite a safe option as they can give good, accurate feedback at low volumes and do not need to be inserted in or over the ear, which some might find the most comfortable option. As well as drumming, over-ear headphones make for an excellent tool for producing music at home or in a studio.

On-ear headphones: These are similar to over-ears in that they sit over the ear instead of inside them, except on-ears won’t cover the entire ear. Again, this comes down to preference and comfort. Largely speaking, on-ears are a good option for home practice, especially with an electronic drum kit. Since they sit just over your ears, they won’t feel so isolating, which some drummers might find more comfortable - it allows a combination of directed sounds vs natural acoustics.

Connectors

So, we’ve covered the different types of headphones, now let’s look at some of the other specifics, starting with the connector. Most headphones will come with a 3.5mm “mini jack” as standard, but since the universal standard connection for most musical inputs is 6.5mm (also known as a “jack”), often there will be an adapter included. This might sit on the end of the headphones and will need to be twisted off to reveal the 3.5mm connector underneath, or it might come disconnected and will need to be twisted on.

Headphone cable

Another thing to consider is the length and durability of the supplied cable. If you are going to be using the headphones in a studio setting, you’ll want a long and strong - possibly even coiled - cable, that will be able to withstand some movement. If you’re just using them at home or in the studio, this is less of an issue. In fact, if you’re only looking for a pair to plug into an electronic drum kit, you won’t want an extensively long cable because it will likely get in the way.

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Looking after your ears

If you’re using headphones to make music, it’s important to remember that you’ll still be receiving higher volumes than normal directly into your ears. With this in mind, you should be conscious of regulating the volume that you intake music at. A good guideline is always to start as quietly as you are comfortable with and then only increase the volume incrementally as you need.

Secondly, clean your ears! Ear wax clogging up your ear canals can be quite harmful and impede the actual levels of what’s being sent to your ears. This can result in higher-than-necessary listening volumes and possible infections. When you have the time, ensure to clean your ears out; especially if you’re thinking about getting in-ear headphones.

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Jai Widdowson-Jones

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Jai is the drummer for Hannah Williams and the Affirmations, who have worked with Jay Z, Tyler the Creator and more. He has also played for Jaguar Skills, Haelos, Willie J Healey and recorded various sessions. When he's not playing, Jai writes for MusicRadar, specialising in drums, touring and mental health within the music industry. Outside of music he enjoys drinking hipster coffee, collects video games and loves all sports. Oh, and dogs.

FAQs

Do drummers wear headphones on stage? ›

So, why do drummers wear headphones? Because it helps them and the other instruments stay on time during concerts (notoriously hard for rock bands) and also it serves as protection for their ears. Whether it be headphones or in-ear monitors, this is most likely the reason why drummers wear headphones on-stage.

What do drummers listen to in their headphones? ›

Listening to metronome while playing

Most commonly, the drummers listen to something called “click sound” on their headphones. Drummers use a click sound to keep in time and on the song's beat while recording in the studio or at live concerts.

What headphones do artists use in studio? ›

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Can you use noise Cancelling headphones for drumming? ›

Noise-canceling headphones are great to use when traveling or drumming. As they block the ambient noise, you can hear the crispiness of the sounds you want.

What do stage drummers wear? ›

Most “rock star” drummers only wear t-shirts and jeans anyway. A basic outfit can, for example, be: black t-shirt, black shorts (for warm weather), blue jeans (if it's cold), black ball cap on backward. your usual day wear as in jeans, t-shirt, sometimes a hoodie if it's cold, and a pair of Chuck Taylors.

Why do drummers wear headphones during concerts? ›

Drummers wear headphones so they can listen to the metronome while playing. If you are a drummer beginner, you need to keep the tempo with the whole band. Therefore, to keep the beat as flawlessly as possible, it is required to use all the tools available. This includes wearing headphones.

Why do drummers have a screen in front? ›

A drum screen, sometimes referred to as a drum shield or acoustic shield, is a tool used by audio engineers to avoid the sound control problems caused when louder instruments overwhelm quieter instruments and vocals on stage.

Why do drummers cross their arms? ›

Why Do Drummers Cross Their Arms? Many drummers cross their arms to allow their dominant hand to strike the hi-hat which is which is most frequently used. The hi-hat is usually placed to the left of the drummer and if right-handed, their dominant hand will need to cross over. Open-handed drumming can also be used.

How do you listen to music while drumming? ›

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Why do artists wear headphones on stage? ›

Performers in a recording studio will often wear headphones to isolate their voice from different sounds, ensuring that the performer can hear the other tracks/instruments they are singing with, without compromising the sound of their own recorded voice!

What is the difference between studio headphones? ›

Summary. Studio headphones are for people trying to find and fix impurities in source audio, so they focus on being able to hear everything without distortion or bias. This includes having a much higher frequency range to find issues in strange places in the audio.

What headphones do famous producers use? ›

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How do you connect headphones to drums? ›

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Can you use headphones with electronic drums? ›

Electronic drums are designed to work with headphones or amps, meaning headphones are about 50% of the deal when it comes to playing electronic drums. Every electronic drum kit has a headphone port to connect headphones to. This is why it's so important to have a great pair of headphones.

Can you use Bluetooth headphones with Roland V drums? ›

Connecting V-Drums via Bluetooth

Connect the V-Drums kit via Bluetooth to hear audio stream directly through the sound module and out through the main and headphone outputs. The sound of the selected kit you are playing will be blended together with the music which makes for fun and productive practice.

Is drumming a muscle memory? ›

The nature of drumming performance requires you to build muscle memory for the patterns and material you plan to use while playing. You must remember: Your goal in learning a pattern is to have another piece of vocabulary you can use expressively.

Why are drummers always in the back? ›

Drummers are placed in the back of the stage due to their equipment being less mobile. One of the most common reasons is the sizeable bulky drum set is a little easier to set up and move when it's in the back. Also, the sound from drums echoes off the back wall allowing it to be heard more easily across the room.

Should drummers wear ear protection? ›

We now know the importance of protecting your ears as a drummer, as being exposed to loud constant noise will result in permanent ear damage. If you have never tried wearing ear protection devices while playing the drums, try it today!

Why does Def Leppard drummer wear headphones? ›

In an interview with the Modern Drummer, Allen explained why he wears the headphones when performing live with Def Leppard. The answer is pretty simple: to listen into the loops. Asked about this, he said: “For 75 percent of the show I use what I call a base kit, which is everything straight – no loops, nothing.

Do drummers hear music differently? ›

The short answer is, no, drums do not all sound the same. Several factors affect the sound of a drum, like how tight the drumhead is, the depth and diameter of the instrument, and how you play the drum. Most rock bands consist of at least one drummer, but percussion instruments are shared amongst all types of music.

How do you keep a beat on drums? ›

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Are drum Shields effective? ›

Drum shields are a great way to reduce overall stage volume to help achieve better live mixes at your shows. Some are affordable and some are very expensive. Unfortunately, the more you spend, the more sound reduction you get.

Do drum baffles work? ›

Drum Baffles refracts the sound waves of your cymbals and toms away from the vocalist's microphones and the sensitive ears of band members. Attach the Drum Baffles to any cymbal stand just the way you would a cymbal… we don't want to complicate the setup… it's that easy.

Who is Billie Eilish drummer? ›

One person who knows about the road to becoming a professional is Andrew Marshall, drummer for Billie Eilish. We sat down with him to talk touring, technology, how he got there and what it means to be a modern drummer for hire.

Why do drummers put tape on their drums? ›

A common technique for reducing the volume and ringing of drums and cymbals is to place duct tape on the drum head or cymbal. It can also reduce low rumble in toms and harmonics from an overly “live” drum or cymbal.

Do professional drummers use click track? ›

The click track is also frequently used in the professional live music environment. Sometimes, bands have extra music parts on pre-recorded tracks for their live shows, known as backing tracks. The drummer will play along to the backing track, which will have a click track to ensure that everything syncs.

Do drummers fingers bleed? ›

Should I be worried? Your hands shouldn't bleed when you're drumming. While it's probably not a major medical concern, you should make some changes to avoid a splatter – especially if it's on someone else's kit.

Do drummers play to music? ›

The chart music can be less detailed (allowing for the drummer to improvise as they play) or very detailed (in which case the drummer will follow beat by beat exactly as it's notated). Not all drummers have the ability to read music, though so this isn't common to all drummers.

Where can I get Drumless tracks? ›

Music publishers like Hal Leonard and Vic Firth offer free drumless tracks (often with a PDF of the song chart and drum notation), Amazon and iTunes carry play-along compilations, and drum education sites like Vic Firth and Drumeo Edge offer drumless tracks as well.

Do electronic drums have Bluetooth? ›

Drumming with favorite tracks is one of the most fun and productive things you can do with an electronic kit, and the TD-07KV makes it easy. Thanks to onboard Bluetooth, you can call up tracks on your smartphone, tablet, or computer and wirelessly hear the audio through the module right alongside the drums.

What do musicians wear in their ears while performing? ›

That's why, today, most singers opt for in-ear monitors (IEMs) instead. IEMs allow for more complex movement around the stage. Instead of having monitors in a static position like in the case of wedges, singers get to wear the IEMs so they follow their every move – and greatly reduce feedback sound.

What do musicians hear on stage? ›

So, why do singers ear earpieces on stage? The earpieces that singers wear on stage are called 'in-ear monitors'. They provide the singer with a direct source of sound, protect their hearing and allow them to customize their stage mix.

Why do musicians wear headphones in the studio? ›

Sound Isolation

Music studios are generally noisy places, especially when recording sessions are underway. That's why it's important for musicians to wear quality studio headphones that provide the right amount of sound isolation in order to record and perform their song with no distractions.

Can studio headphones be used for listening to music? ›

So in answer to the question – of course, you can listen to your music on whatever headphones you want, and that includes studio reference headphones if that's what you happen to have to hand (or to head).

Can I use normal headphones for music production? ›

Normal headphones can be used successfully for some music production tasks. These tasks are typically where very accurate reproduction of the sound is not necessary, e.g. editing or arranging. Other tasks require studio headphones to provide very high-fidelity sound reproduction e.g. mixing.

How long do studio headphones last? ›

In general, headphones can last from a few months to 10 years, with an average of 3-4 years. This is due to the factors that influence their lifespan. However, audiophile headphones are of better quality, which is why they last longer, from 5 years to over 15 years.

What is the difference between 80 Ohm and 250 Ohm headphones? ›

At 80 Ohm, the headphones have more bass and less prominent treble. At higher volumes, 80 Ohm will produce even more bass. The 250 Ohm version has a similar bass response but has more high-end to even the sound out more. It also has a bit more mid-bass and sub-bass roll-off.

What is passive soundstage? ›

They determine whether the sound is perceived to be coming from inside or in front of the head, how open and spacious the soundstage is, how much the headphones acoustically interact with the environment, and how strong the phantom center is.

What do you plug drum mics into? ›

Micing the drum kit
  • Take your large-diaphragm dynamic microphone (ex AKG D112 kick drum mic) and connect an XLR cable to it.
  • Plug the mic into CHANNEL 1 of your audio interface.
  • (For a tight punchy sound)

How do you add sound to electronic drums? ›

There are a few ways you can go about adding samples to your setup:
  1. Upgrade or buy a new sound module.
  2. Upload pre-made to your module via USB or use MIDI.
  3. Create samples yourself.
  4. Use a percussion pad.
  5. Use triggers – best for acoustic kits.
25 Feb 2019

How do I record drums on my computer? ›

Step by step:
  1. Turn on your computer.
  2. Connect your electronic drum kit to your computer via USB cable.
  3. Install any necessary drivers for your computer to recognize your drum kit.
  4. Open your DAW recording software.
  5. Follow your DAW instructions for recording audio. Most DAW's have the same process for recording:
10 Apr 2020

What do drummers listen to in their headphones? ›

Listening to metronome while playing

Most commonly, the drummers listen to something called “click sound” on their headphones. Drummers use a click sound to keep in time and on the song's beat while recording in the studio or at live concerts.

Can you use noise Cancelling headphones for drumming? ›

Noise-canceling headphones are great to use when traveling or drumming. As they block the ambient noise, you can hear the crispiness of the sounds you want.

What headphones do you need for electronic drums? ›

7 Best Headphones for Electronic Drums 2022
  • Roland RH-300V – Best Overall.
  • Audio-Technica ATH-M70x – Premium Option.
  • Alesis DRP-100 Drum Monitoring Headphones – Best Budget Option.
  • Vic Firth SIH2 Stereo Isolation Headphones.
  • Direct Sound EX-29 Plus Isolating Headphones.
  • Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro Headphones.
1 Sept 2022

How do I connect my Bluetooth to my Alesis? ›

Navigate to your Bluetooth device's setup screen, find “Alesis TransAct” and connect. Note: If your Bluetooth device prompts for a pairing code, enter '0000'. TransActive Wireless LED will light up solid when it is 'paired'.

How do I connect my Simmons SD600 to Bluetooth? ›

Bluetooth Pairing with the Simmons Drums App
  1. Launch the Simmons Drums app. ...
  2. Press the Bluetooth button on the SD600 module. ...
  3. The screen should say, “Let's connect your device.” Select SD600 in the list.
  4. You should see “Currently Connected: SD600” on the main screen.

How do I connect my td17 to my computer? ›

Connect the TD-17 to your computer

You can connect it directly to your computer using a USB A to B cable, or if you wish, you can also connect it using a 5-pin MIDI cable. If you connect the TD-17 via USB, you'll need to download and install the latest driver for your OS beforehand.

Do you need headphones to play the drums? ›

To hear your electronic drums you will need either an amp or a pair of headphones. Most drummers use headphones, but you can also buy amplifiers specifically designed for electronic drums. You can buy an amp for personal use (known as a monitor) or a larger amp for performing live to an audience.

Why does Def Leppard drummer wear headphones? ›

In an interview with the Modern Drummer, Allen explained why he wears the headphones when performing live with Def Leppard. The answer is pretty simple: to listen into the loops. Asked about this, he said: “For 75 percent of the show I use what I call a base kit, which is everything straight – no loops, nothing.

Why do drummers have a screen in front? ›

A drum screen, sometimes referred to as a drum shield or acoustic shield, is a tool used by audio engineers to avoid the sound control problems caused when louder instruments overwhelm quieter instruments and vocals on stage.

Why do drummers cross their arms? ›

Why Do Drummers Cross Their Arms? Many drummers cross their arms to allow their dominant hand to strike the hi-hat which is which is most frequently used. The hi-hat is usually placed to the left of the drummer and if right-handed, their dominant hand will need to cross over. Open-handed drumming can also be used.

Is drumming a muscle memory? ›

The nature of drumming performance requires you to build muscle memory for the patterns and material you plan to use while playing. You must remember: Your goal in learning a pattern is to have another piece of vocabulary you can use expressively.

Why are drummers always in the back? ›

Drummers are placed in the back of the stage due to their equipment being less mobile. One of the most common reasons is the sizeable bulky drum set is a little easier to set up and move when it's in the back. Also, the sound from drums echoes off the back wall allowing it to be heard more easily across the room.

How do you keep a beat on drums? ›

Quick drum lesson: how to improve timing and note spacing - YouTube

Do drummers need in-ear monitors? ›

Ear monitors are essential for drummers as they can control the sound that gets into the inner ear. The user gets to adjust the level of loudness they are exposed to as they can hear the sound without increasing the volume.

How do you keep the tempo on drums? ›

How Do You Fix the Timing on a Drum?
  1. Practice with a metronome or click track.
  2. Try practicing at different tempos.
  3. Alternate playing and stopping.
  4. Practice your fills.
  5. Play along to recordings.
  6. Record yourself playing.
  7. Try a time keeping app or drum time keeping software.
11 Jan 2022

Are drum Shields effective? ›

Drum shields are a great way to reduce overall stage volume to help achieve better live mixes at your shows. Some are affordable and some are very expensive. Unfortunately, the more you spend, the more sound reduction you get.

Do drum baffles work? ›

Drum Baffles refracts the sound waves of your cymbals and toms away from the vocalist's microphones and the sensitive ears of band members. Attach the Drum Baffles to any cymbal stand just the way you would a cymbal… we don't want to complicate the setup… it's that easy.

Who is Billie Eilish drummer? ›

One person who knows about the road to becoming a professional is Andrew Marshall, drummer for Billie Eilish. We sat down with him to talk touring, technology, how he got there and what it means to be a modern drummer for hire.

How do you practice drums with headphones? ›

Drum Hack | Isolation Headphones UNDER $20 - YouTube

How do drummers know what to play? ›

A drummer will know what to play because grooves like this fit incredibly well in most songs, so they can pull it out when needed. The more a drummer practices, the better they will get at playing different types of grooves. They will then have an arsenal of beats that they can pull out in band settings.

How long should it take to learn a song on drums? ›

How Long Does It Take To Learn the Drums
Goal:Time Necessary
To Have FunNone!
To Really Have Fun1 Month
To Play Along With Music6 months
To Play a Gig (In Front Of An Audience)~2 years (26 months)

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