Small church, standard 5pcs drumset with 5 pcs cymbal setup, Loud Sound~!!! Help~!!!!

My church's size is about seating capacity of 70 people. We have tried various of ways to set our drumset to "softer" down the voice of the drum. Finally we decide to leave it in the middle due to the balance of the sound travel to other musician (P.S. small church = no budget = micing and drumshield are impossible). Now my senior pastor requesting me to use brush... but i got a promark lighting rods... the problem of loudness solved~! praise the Lord... BUT!!!! THE PROBLEM IS~ rods tend to give delays and is easy to break. I had find hard time to adjust myself to use the rods... please help me "spare the rods"!!! get it??? lol...
Any suggestions can help me to solve my new problem? without spending much finance and the feels is back and i don;t need to hold back...
Thanks! God bless! Appreciate all your comments~!!!

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well same thing in my church we have put cloth over snare floor tom n bass drum to reduce the sound
what about the feel?
i tried to save cost by adding sponge in them, something like what remo muffl' head has come out.
it cost around USD100.00 in Malaysia for whole 5 pc. but then what about cymbal?

Thanks for the tips bro.

Blessings!
Hmm..
Never thought of this...
Thanks for the tips, bro!
What i do to my (church) drumset is that i put a layer of quarter inch sponge inside each drumshell according to the diameter. It does help to tone down but not much. It control the resonance alot and i don't afraid of because of the taping spoils the skins. Any idea of tone down the cymbals? I'm using Zildjian ZXT rock 4pc set. One thing about good cymbal is that they're loud... lol...

Again, Thanks for the suggestions!

Blessings~!
Aww Man~~~ Sad to hear that....
May we be mourn for the cymbals for thirty days,,,,, kidding... lol....
Thank man....
I was checking on Sabian's cymbal mute.... ain't know that works.... know is some money to spend.... but will it work? thanks for the feedback yo!

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I have fixed the problem by using a lighter Evans or Remo skin, the boxes sujust which or the drum guy at the music store should be able to advise which they carry, and "Moon Gel" dampeners. They stick on the head and are easily removed and work on cymbals as well. There are 4 in a pack for ABOUT $11. The stick problem could be solved with wooden brushes. some have an elastic on the brush end which change the tone feel etc as you move the elastic. Hope you find what you need,
ahh...
never thought of moon gel could use it on there....
I'm very "square" (if you know what it mean, haha...) thinker. I thought is just for drum skin and not use on cymbals... lol...
Thanks for the tips dude~!
Blessings~!
wooden brush,,, won't it be more "softer feel" than rods? Thanks for the tips again!

Blessings!
Dear brothers, & if there any sister who gave me tips and comments:
Thank you so much for all you sharings. It has helped me to open my mind into some of the new and creative way to use some equipments which I never thought how to use and it could be use it this way.
It's been such a blessing from you all.
May you all keep the beat up for Him and May His Name be glory out loud from your skill. :)
God bless!!
Forget all the padding - Learn dynamics :0) Use a light touch,
Use thin sticks (I use Regal Tip Combo .4752 x 16" http://www.musiccorner.co.uk - A Christian on-lineMusic store)
Hot rods do work
if all else fails make or buy a perspex drum screen. We have one - 5 x 6foot2foot sections for the front and 4 foam n felt panels for the back. so effective that I can get away with 5B sticks at full wack in our main hall :o)
Also I use studio rings on the heads of all drums for added dampening.
I agree, dynamics are the best way to go. I myself use 7A's and Cool rods.
Guys... or maybe there's a girl...
Thanks for the tips....
I myself truly believe this is the most effective ways...
but mine a small church...
we can't even afford the Remo muffler... I mean we can but the church not approve....
I believe the way you guys suggested is very ideal... but what about cymbal?
I'm using ZXT Rock set (my personal equipment everytime when I serve, I change to them). they are not "soft-spoken" cymbal... and some more if i use nylon tip jazz drumstick... they "cry out loud"... lol...
Thanks guys for your helpful advice... for now our church is looking into cheap and effective ways to dampen the drum... now our drummer start to get used to the rods and now we talk soft in the church too... lol...
Peace and Blessings~!!
Hey Jerry,

Is it the overall volume of the kit that is the issue ????? for dampening off some of the sound rather than toilet paper like previously suggested :) and i have even seen people use Bluetack (like you use for sticking a poster to a wall) pick up these tubs of dampening called MoonGel, its a compressed square gel that absorbs more than anything else i have ever used including the likes of Gaffa tape and a chux cloth underneath....... and this will deaden off the resonance as well ........ The other thing maybe is your stage moveable or do you have different places you could setup the kit, a church i used to play at, moved there stage forward as it was small as well, and actually put the drums behind the stage and on the floor on carpet, and then setup some barricades with carpet around it at around the height of between bass drum & toms, to deaden off more of the sound. Problem arose cause i play heavy gauge sticks, being im involved in different projects including a metal band and its easier......, you can actually get fibreglass rods now too which i have found help alot, as well as different thickness rods from the ultra fat to super thin, like jazz sticks.
Ultimately its a thing we have to struggle with being an instrument with no volume control and therefore we have to be a self regulating volume control as hard as it is :)
If you need any more ideas feel free to flick me a private email :)
Hey Bro. Caleb,
Thanks for the tips...
I've alot of tips been shared by you all wonderful Bros and Sis...
I know the moon gel's great, and thanks for the tips for the barricades and carpet....
I always thought there is only one way which is buying 3 piece of acrylic shield to shield over only then can be dampening my volume...
Thanks again~!
God bless~!

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