This is great. I'm really happy with how this is going. Within a half hour of playing the drums for the first time on World Tour, I get a complaint called in from what I'm assuming is my downstairs neighbor. My landlord comes up and tells me A) keep it down and B) no drums at night period.
The problem with A) is that I was playing about as gently as you can play Guitar Hero on drums. I should mention here that I'm on the third floor, and this happened at about 3:30, 4 in the afternoon. And you can barely WALK in this apartment without hearing the floors creak. Floor's carpeted, but just barely. Imagine that awful grey flat carpet you get in office buildings and schools and you get the picture.
The problem with B) is that, like most people, I work, and I'd rather be able to play my game when I want and not JUST ON WEEKEND AFTERNOONS.
I implore the help of the board masses! How do I dampen the seismic waves of this drumset? I tried putting the whole kit on a few blankets, but I can still feel the floor rumbling with each hit. I've noticed the cymbals are especially bad about vibrations.
Ideas are good, but what's better is concrete advice - Who here has been in this situation, and what have you done to fix it? Any results?
bring a baseball bat next time you see your downstairs neighbor.
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try dampening the sound from the pad itself instead of the floor.
i found this post : http://www.quartertothree.com/game-talk/showthread.php?p=1167683#post1167683
maybe it'll help but im not sure if it cuts down on vibrations.
That's a pretty good idea with the mouse pads, but it seems better suited to taking down the clack-clack infamous with the rock band 1 kit. World Tour's pads are already so quiet. And I've played my tv ridiculously loud in my years in this place, and never received a complaint - leading me to believe that the 30 minute drum session HAD to be about the vibrations and not the sound.
Although I did notice the guy that did the rock badn mod DIPPED his drumsticks in RUBBER to cut down on vibrations. Now that appeals to me. Maybe plasti-dip on the tips of the sticks plus towels/blankets under the kit? I like it, and I'm definitely picking up some plasti-dip first chance I get.
My advice would be to go have a chat with your downstairs neighbors. Maybe see if they'll let you in to listen while a friend or roommate plays your drums. Then you can work something out with them in terms of limiting your drums to something they can live with while still allowing you to play when you want.
I lived in apartments for many years, and I always found that this sort of thing was best dealt with by a friendly face to face conversation.
If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.
Kozlo - you're definitely right about that. I've been saying the whole time, the only way to know whether or not any attempts at dampening the drums works is to have some ears downstairs. I was thinking of exchanging phone numbers with them so they can just call us if the drums are getting annoying.
It's a bit awkward with them already, unfortunately. They have an infant whose cries and screams we suspected were being forcefully stifled by them on several occasions. Once we called the cops on them because it sounded unmistakably of a baby being suffocated/choked/stifled. We also left an angry note on the door once threatening to contact child protective services if we heard it again.
Yep, this Guitar Hero topic just took a dark-ass turn, but nonetheless it's relevant: I'm not sure I WANT to knock on their door and strike up a friendly back-and-forth! Dude might try to choke me.
Dammit, sometimes it SUCKS living in the city!
Lol wow. Sounds like you should move...perhaps to another apartment...on the ground floor.