In some drum styles or settings, such as country or church music clubs, small venues, or when recording live, the drummer can use a transparent drum display or organic glass (also called drum shield) to decrease the volume on the drum’s stage. A screen that surrounds an entire drum is called an empty chamber. In live sound applications, drum shields are used so that the sound engineer can control more drums that the audience hears through the PA system mix or to reduce the overall volume of the drum, like a ways to decrease the band’s overall volume in the venue.
In some recording studios, foam and fabric partitions are used in addition. The drawback of foam and fabric baffle panels is that the drummer cannot observe other band members, record producers or sound engineers.
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