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Clear vs coated Powerstroke 3 bassdrum head for recording

Postby Guitarking » Sat Oct 05, 2019 8:00 pm

Hi everyone,

Decided I will buy a Powerstroke 3 for my kick batter head.
The question now is: clear or coated?
I play singer/songwriter/pop/rock
I have a rockstar TAMA with coated ambassadors on it.
I will only be recording with this kit. I need to be flexible in the dampening for each song.

Clear or coated? What's the difference?

I read somewhere you can turn a clear head into a coated head by using dampening (because the coating is just dampening overtones). If this were true a clear head would be more versatile as you can dampen it but you can't get more highs in a coated head by 'undampening' it, right?

Love to hear from you. Thanks in advance.
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Re: Clear vs coated Powerstroke 3 bassdrum head for recording

Postby Jack Ruston » Sun Oct 06, 2019 6:33 am

Clears tend to have less midrange clack, and more HF click, and a little more sustain. To grossly generalise they're a bit more modern rock sounding than coated, which are drier and barkier.
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Re: Clear vs coated Powerstroke 3 bassdrum head for recording

Postby Dan LB » Sun Oct 06, 2019 3:23 pm

Yeah, as Jack says, the clears sound a bit more modern with more HF ‘click’.

Have a listen to the Aquarian Super Kick II clear if you can - one of my favourites for a modern rock/pop kick.
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Re: Clear vs coated Powerstroke 3 bassdrum head for recording

Postby Guitarking » Sun Oct 06, 2019 6:34 pm

Is a clear head more versatile as you can always dampen it or roll off the highs? And make it kind of like a coated head. But not the other way around?

Also, I will only be using it for recording in a small dry room. Maybe a clear head will sound a bit more open/lively there as the room is already quite dead?
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Re: Clear vs coated Powerstroke 3 bassdrum head for recording

Postby Wonks » Sun Oct 06, 2019 8:38 pm

It's only a head. Buy one and try it out. If you like it, fine. If not, you aren't bonded for life.
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Re: Clear vs coated Powerstroke 3 bassdrum head for recording

Postby Jack Ruston » Mon Oct 07, 2019 5:28 am

Guitarking wrote:Is a clear head more versatile as you can always dampen it or roll off the highs? And make it kind of like a coated head. But not the other way around?

Also, I will only be using it for recording in a small dry room. Maybe a clear head will sound a bit more open/lively there as the room is already quite dead?

No. They have a different character.
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Re: Clear vs coated Powerstroke 3 bassdrum head for recording

Postby Jack Ruston » Mon Oct 07, 2019 5:31 am

Guitarking wrote:I will only be using it for recording in a small dry room. Maybe a clear head will sound a bit more open/lively there as the room is already quite dead?

Uh ...maybe yes. Honestly I've found either can work in most situations. I'd try the clear and see what you make of it. If it doesn't work out in the long run, try a coated.
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