Should your church invest in a drum enclosure? Drum enclosures are a simple way to solve drum volume issues, and are a necessity for mixing audio in smaller venues.
M Wagner · December 20, 2016
With Christmas services upon us, and sanctuary seating filling, most churches with percussion instruments understand more then ever the need for sound containment. With a fresh ministry year ahead, and for those churches searching for audio solutions, these enclosures deserve another glance.
Mixing drums is a notoriously difficult task, especially in small rooms where acoustic drum sets can easily overpower every other instrument. Many smaller rooms require the entire audio mix to be matched to the drumset, something which often puts overall sound level far above where most audience members would enjoy for a church service. To help solve this issue, most churches find it necessary to use drum enclosures to help their audio mix and overall noise level in their worship spaces. Using drum enclosures to allow for a mic’d drumset or even to just lower drum noise can pay dividends toward making your mix sound better. Additionally, some churches are even hesitant to use drums at all because of the noise concerns, opting instead for percussion or electronic drumsets, neither of which can carry a band sonically and rhythmically as an acoustic kit can.
Drum enclosures come in two main types:
The first is simply a shield in front of the kit which blocks sound from going straight to the crowd, dampening some of the volume and keeping drum volume down on stage. This option is suitable for larger stages or worship spaces,
The second main type of drum enclosure is the “cage”, the completely enclosed room where the drum set receives the most dampening and volume reduction, allowing it to be mic’d and put into the main mix, improving audio quality drastically.
Some churches may be turned away by the cost of buying a drum enclosure, but it can also be seen as a stable investment.
Unlike projectors, computers or other tech equipment, drum enclosures don’t ever really degrade, allowing them to be used for years. Furthermore, they often provide such a noticeable improvement in sound quality, that it can be an essential piece in elevating your church’s worship, or preventing audience discomfort from overbearing drums during a Sunday service. Many churches also experiment with DIY drum enclosures, which can often cut the price of a drum enclosure in half, or at least offer substantial discounts off of the ready-made kits.