Striking head or "reso" head?

On a snare drum (as on all the shells of your drum kit) you have 2 types of heads. Very schematically, the head provides the attack and the tone, while the resonance head provides the resonance (hehe) and the sustain (length of the sound after the hit).

For the headstock, you can choose between different models depending on the sound you like. The major brands offer a wide range of possibilities. You can choose between a clear or a coated skin, single or double fold. To make it simple and efficient, at ASBA all our snare drums are equipped with a single ply sanded head. This is the most basic combination, which has proven itself and which allows great possibilities whatever the repertoire in which the musician evolves.

The Coated skin (sanded) is particularly recommended for the snare drums of drummers who play brooms.

On the resonance side, the skin we recommend is a 'clear' single ply version in 3/1000. This skin is much thinner than the toms' resonance skins, because it has to reproduce with precision the vibrations of the metal timbre which is pressed on it via the trigger (handle located on the side of the snare drum to click or trigger the timbre against the resonance skin).

Difference in sound between a "clear" skin and a "coated" skin

In addition to the grain of the skin, which is essential for playing brooms, for example, a sandblasted white head provides a rounder, warmer sound. The transparent (clear) skin will have a more incisive attack and a clearer sound...

> See our snare drum heads

> See our resonant heads for snare drums

The tuning

A good sound is first of all a good tuning. It is also the guarantee of a longer life of the skin. At ASBA, our snare drums are particularly easy to set up (this is what musicians say), mainly due to the care we take in the quality of our bevels, but also due to the quality of our ASBAHEAD skins, which 'fit' perfectly with the shell. To help you in your tuning, we have created many tutorials to discover on our Youtube channel.

How to set up your snare drum

How to change the tone of your snare drum

ASBA tuning key