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    Hi guys, i'm not a drummer but i compose music for my band. I'm always looking for new sounds and found this one i can't put my finger on. It's a short, hard, shrill hitting sound and Tom Waits uses it often in his songs.
    In this song you can hear the hitting sound from 0:40 onwards on the second count of every measure:

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2r3RuX3TiqE"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2r3RuX3TiqE[/ame]

    Or in this song by the Golden Glows from 2:20 onwards:

    http://www.abconcerts.be/nl/abtv/p/d...s-prison-songs

    I thought it could be a simple metal plate with some reverb, but i'm not sure at all. Hope you guys can help! Thanks and happy newyear!

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    It sounds to me like a very open rimshot either recorded in a very open room, or with a lot of reverb and EQ added afterwards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cazodi View Post
    Hi guys, i'm not a drummer but... [/URL]
    Who let him in here?


    Seriously, it sounds like a dry or muted pang cymbal to me. Could be anything though.

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    sounds like a muted cymbal. Possibly a very small hi-hat.

    The only two constants I have are DW and Zildjian.

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    i would say its a rimshot with a cracked muted wuhan china or something to make a ribbon crashing sound.

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