Cympad Optimizer: Standard 40mm size for use on top or bottom side of cymbal bell.
Cympad Moderator: 50, 60, 70, 80, 90mm sizes for sound adjustment. Used on bottom side of cymbal bell.
Cympad Optimizer: Hi-hat application.
Cympads – Cympad Optimizer and Cympad Moderator cymbal pads
Some product description from Cympad’s website:
Cympad optimizes your cymbal sound!
CYMPAD is an incredible, affordable and easy to use system for optimizing the sound and performance of virtually all cymbal sizes, types and brands. Cympad is specially designed and made from premium-grade cellular foam to simply and effectively protect your cymbals and control your sound. When using Cympad, traditional felts are replaced. Cympads are Available in six popular sizes and recommended for any drumming style or situation.
A sound investment
* Cympad’s exclusive design enhances and controls cymbal sound.
* Isolates cymbal vibration from the cymbal stand
* Reduces both volume and unwanted overtones
* Moderates sustain and increases articulation
Small size, big difference
Available in incremental sizes, Cympad is versatile and adjustable— providing a spectrum of dampening effects (from open to optimum) without tape, gum or adhesive pads in a wide range of rehearsal, recording and performance applications.
* Live Sound (Concerts, Clubs, Casuals)
* Home and Studio Recording
* Band Rehearsal and Individual Practice
* Teaching Studios
Foam is better than felt
Cympad foam cymbal washers have been carefully developed to outperform and outlast conventional felt washers while offering drummers a host of advantages.
* Conforms to cymbal shape and size
* Extends cymbal life and prevents breakage
* Outlasts standard felt washers
* Consistent size, thickness and density
More and more of the today’s top professional drummers rely on Cympad. So, if you want your cymbals to perform at their peak, just remember that behind every great sounding cymbal there’s a Cympad.
There are various Cympad sizes available and each optimize your cymbal sound:
* The Cympad Moderator (50, 60, 70, 80, 90mm) with dampening effect is mounted on the bottom side of the cymbal cup to control sound.
* The Cympad Optimizer (40mm) is used like a traditional cymbal washer
I have to say, these are great…and they work. I’ve replaced all of the felt washers on my personal drum set with these. Here’s my personal application and how Cympads have helped: My favorite genre of drum playing is Jazz. I keep time with a Sabian HHX evolution 20″ ride cymbal and have always felt the cymbal has a little too much “punch” and emits louder, long washing overtones when you get into a fast swing pattern. Don’t get me wrong, I love this cymbal, but have always wanted to tone it down a bit while playing fast patterns and cut out some of the wash…Basically make it a little “drier” in sound. Cympads have fit the bill. I put some of these bad boys on, played around with the different sizes to get just the right sound and…viola, instant dry….There’s a wide variety of sizes of Cympads to get just the right sound out of your cymbals. It’s like finally having adjustability for your cymbals…How they work: The “Cympad Moderators” normally go on the under side of the bell and basically act as an “adjusting” pad–they come in various sizes. The “Cympad Optimizer” is a standard 40mm pad that normally goes on the top of the cymbal bell (Basically used like a standard pad. Can be used on top and bottom). However, I’ve been trying both in various places to get just the right sound I want. The various combinations make it easy to set up, test and play around with. They even have a hi-hat kit as well. Definitely worth giving some a try.