Cymbal packs are a convenient option, especially if you're a beginning drummer just starting to gear up. All the key pieces are there, and you can select the set that best suits your playing style, genre, and desired kit size. The features you'll want in your cymbal pack depend on your specific needs and playing style, and Sweetwater carries packs to suit nearly every musical niche. Here are some of the most important factors to consider when choosing a cymbal pack.
Basic packs usually include a basic set of cymbals that will complement your drums — a pair of hi-hats and a single combination crash/ride cymbal. More advanced cymbal sets feature separate ride and crash cymbals, and some even offer more than one crash cymbal. We also carry packs that come with China cymbals, bell cymbals, splash cymbals, or other effects cymbals — up to 10 cymbals in a pack! Rock packs often contain cymbals that are thicker than those in other packs, so if that's the sound you're going for, take a look at those. Lighter-weight cymbals for jazz or other lighter music will contain cymbals matched up to provide a cohesive voice that appropriately enhances your drumming sound.
Some of our cymbal assortments are even more specifically grouped. For instance, if you’re looking for a low-volume pack, Sweetwater carries several options that contain cymbals especially suited to practice rooms and low-volume performance situations. There are also signature packs, all designed in collaboration with particular artists to produce a particular vibe.
There are even acoustic-electric packs for those wanting to implement triggers and vastly expand the musical possibilities. These packs include the cymbals, drum module, triggers, mounting hardware, and the necessary patch cables and power supply to get connected and keep on rocking.
How thick should your cymbals be? That depends on your skill level, preferred music genre, and playing circumstances. If you're more into soft music or you do a lot of recording, you won't need super-high output, so you can choose thinner cymbals. They work well for lower pitches and create sound with much lighter touches. If you're more of a heavy hitter, play rock and metal music, or just prefer their slower crescendo, thick cymbals are the ideal choice for you, as they require harder strokes to create their full sound. They sing out with higher pitches at greater volumes to cut through the mix and make themselves heard.
The ranks of our Sales Engineers include many experienced drummers who are happy to help you make the correct decision. Give our Sales Engineers a call and let us know about your drumming experience, your style preferences, and your vision for your kit. We'll help you choose a cymbal pack that will work best for you.
Sweetwater's Sales Engineers are regarded as the most experienced and knowledgeable professionals in the music industry, with extensive music backgrounds and intense training on the latest products and technologies. They are available to offer you personalized product advice any time you need it.