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Physics of Percussion Instruments Drum Shell Bearing Edges Final Talk. Eric Macaulay Prof. Steve Errede Department of Physics University of Illinois August 8, 2003 emacaula@iwu.edu. Overview. Motivation Methods Results. Motivation. Understanding more about drums

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physics of percussion instruments drum shell bearing edges final talk
Physics of Percussion InstrumentsDrum Shell Bearing EdgesFinal Talk
  • Eric Macaulay
  • Prof. Steve Errede

Department of Physics

University of Illinois

August 8, 2003

emacaula@iwu.edu

overview
Overview
  • Motivation
  • Methods
  • Results
motivation
Motivation
  • Understanding more about drums
  • Manufacturing better drums
  • Development of software
three bearing edge designs
Three Bearing Edge Designs
  • Single 45º -Classic Design
  • Single 45º w/round over-Modern Design
  • Double 45º-Experimental Design
  • Better Energy Transfer
problems with drums

Drum

Shell Weight

Rim Weight

A - Single 45º

491±1g

590±1g

B - Single 45º w/round-over

461±1g

598±1g

C - Double 45º

444±1g

660±1g

Problems with Drums
  • Drums are not identical
  • Different Masses
  • Different Shell Ply Organization
  • Different Resonant Frequencies
recording shell sound
Recording Shell Sound
  • Interested in how the shells themselves vibrate.
  • Nothing attached
  • Lugs attached
  • Drum mounted on stand
recording drum sounds
Recording Drum Sounds
  • 2 microphones
  • 1 to monitor overall sound
  • 1 very close to the shell
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A: shell/head

B: shell/head

C: shell/head

A: head/shell

B: head/shell

C: head/shell

conclusions acknowledgements
The double 45 degree bearing edge appears to be better and transferring energy

More evidence is required

More drums

More testing

Special thanks to Prof. Steve Errede

Jack Boparai

Lee Holloway

Mats Selen

Nicole Drummer

Dennis at Phattie Drums

Conclusions/Acknowledgements

Eric Macaulay

emacaula@iwu.edu