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Evans EMAD Clear Batter Bass Drumhead  16 in.

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The Evans EMAD Clear Batter Drumhead comes with 2 damping rings, each of which affects the head's sound and pedal response. EMAD stands for Externall...Click To Read More About This Product

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Fast bass damping adjustment without head removal.

The Evans EMAD Clear Batter Drumhead comes with 2 damping rings, each of which affects the head's sound and pedal response. EMAD stands for Externally Mounted Adjustable Damping and this external system maximizes natural attack characteristics. It offers tremendous dynamic range (even at low dynamic levels where other systems fall short). The Evans drumhead also allows quick, easy adjustments without having to remove the head from the drum-an especially valuable feature during recording sessions. Evans EMAD bass drumheads come in 18", 20", 22", and 24" sizes.


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EvansEMAD Clear Batter Bass Drumhead
 
4.8

(based on 116 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (101)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (11)
  • Improves sound (11)
  • Easy to use (10)
  • Functional (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (7)
  • Practicing (5)
  • Back-up (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (10), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Best Bass Drum Head Ever!, Don't waste your time with others

Best sounding bass drum head ever. It includes two different size dampening rings (depending on your taste) I've tried every other BD head. Remo powerstroke 3, pinstripe and evans EQ 3 and...Read complete review

Best sounding bass drum head ever. It includes two different size dampening rings (depending on your taste) I've tried every other BD head. Remo powerstroke 3, pinstripe and evans EQ 3 and 4. Nothing compares to the EMAD. Gives your bass that perfect THUMP! You could put this head on cardboard box and it would make it sound good

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EMAD Bass drum head

This is truly a nice sounding and feeling head. The features are amazing no internal muffling needed. However I have an issues with it's durability. The great tone you get at first soon...Read complete review

This is truly a nice sounding and feeling head. The features are amazing no internal muffling needed. However I have an issues with it's durability. The great tone you get at first soon fades to a more average tone. Without a patch this head will soon dent or break. I'm not a really heavy hitter so other heads have lasted 2-3 times as long. My main concern is the plastic that holds the Ex Muffling it WILL break defeating the whole purpose. Now you need internal muffling and you have a less then desirable head.

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(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Bass Drum Head Ever!, Don't waste your time with others

By Steven Veroxie

from Long Island, NY

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Comments about Evans EMAD Clear Batter Bass Drumhead:

Best sounding bass drum head ever. It includes two different size dampening rings (depending on your taste) I've tried every other BD head. Remo powerstroke 3, pinstripe and evans EQ 3 and 4. Nothing compares to the EMAD. Gives your bass that perfect THUMP! You could put this head on cardboard box and it would make it sound good

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AMAZING!!!!!!

By Shibbymeister

from Los Angeles, Ca

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Comments about Evans EMAD Clear Batter Bass Drumhead:

Ive had this head for about six months now and just cant through how amazing it is! I spent about three years looking to stray away from muffling my kit at all, i just dont like it. And i came across this head and good tuning. I LOVE IT! everyone asks how i managed for thunder to come out my bass, i say ive got an emad! I tuned that baby right up with an aquatian regulator and the small ring. AND BAM! its set.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

16" is perfect on Ludwig Breakbeats kit...

By Tryp

from Fort Worth, TX

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Pros

  • easy upgrade
  • Good Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Evans EMAD Clear Batter Bass Drumhead:

      Threw one of these 16" on a Ludwig Breakbeats kit and it sounds great. Works like they do on larger bass drums, but definitely an upgrade if you have one of these smaller kits but want a little more punch rather than a round open tone.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      What a difference this head made!

      By dfurr

      from Indiana

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Evans EMAD Clear Batter Bass Drumhead:

        I'm a beginner drummer, but my brother is a full time drummer in Austin. I asked his advice on the best kick drum head, and he recommended this one. I could not have been happier with the improvement in sound over the previous head.

        (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Make mine a Super Kick 2

        By Markington

        from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use

        Cons

        • Not Functional
        • Not Much Muffling

        Best Uses

          Comments about Evans EMAD Clear Batter Bass Drumhead:

          Tried this with high expectations after all the positive reviews - the head gives very little muffling, even with the wider muffle ring. I found I had to put additional muffling into the kick drum; so what is the point of having this head? The Aquarian Super Kick II is a much better head if you like your kick muffled.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          The best!

          By Donny Tomlinson

          from DFW

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Improves Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about Evans EMAD Clear Batter Bass Drumhead:

            As a former endorser for Aquarian I have to say this beats the super kick hands down. I changed out all of my bass drums to this head.

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Amazing

            By Adam

            from Denver

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            Comments about Evans EMAD Clear Batter Bass Drumhead:

            This made my bass drum sound very good. Its very durable, and is the best bass drum head i've used. Buy it, you wont be disapointed. Just put in 1 pillow, with this head, and tune it low, and youll have an amazing bass drum sound.
            The foam ring it has does muffle it, but not enough by itself. I put one pillow in my bass drum and tuned it pretty low and it sounds absolutley AMAZING.
            It's very durable, and I have not had 1 problem with it.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Amazing sound

            By metalhead1989

            from Georgetown, Oh

            Comments about Evans EMAD Clear Batter Bass Drumhead:

            Well, what can I say about this head. It definitely has a killer bass drum sound. Price was nothing to worry about when you get cheered for at gigs about your bass drum sound. I usually play hard rock and metal so double pedals and this head go together perfectly if you do that sort of thing. Personally I would reccomend this head to anybody if they are willing to spend some extra money. I gave it a 9 because I've only had it for a week now and so far so good but then you never can tell.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Kick a** kick head with one flaw

            By master

            from Snow hill NC

            Comments about Evans EMAD Clear Batter Bass Drumhead:

            This is an awesome head the dampening ring helps a lot it reduces the use of pillows and blankets. The only fault is that the dampening ring makes it impossible to tune with a tuner or pressure gage. If you think your good enough by ear go right ahead and get it.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Nice head, recyclable!

            By Odiethewuff

            from Rio Rancho, New Mexico

            Comments about Evans EMAD Clear Batter Bass Drumhead:

            I had this head quite a while back, absolutely loved it. I never had a problem with the plastic ring breaking or cracking, rather the only issue is that it didn't seem to last as long as any of my other bass drum heads. For repairing the plastic ring if it separates from the head, use "Duck" brand window adhesive double-stick tape. It works just as well as the original tape, and I used it to attatch the ring from my broken EMAD onto my EQ4 head!

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            excellent head, but needs changing...

            By Justadrummer

            from Plattsburgh, NY

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            Comments about Evans EMAD Clear Batter Bass Drumhead:

            Anyone buying this head can't go wrong! I like this single ply head over the Emad 2 simply because it has more punch and tone, without the plastic "slappy" attack sounds associated with 2-ply heads. These heads hold up extreemly well when used with a good falam patch such as made by Remo. Over time these heads loose their punch, volume and tone. Don't be fooled...its a gradual thing, and won't be noticed until you find yourself turning up the lows in your bass drum mix. I just replaced them again on my Mapex Maple double kicks and couldnt believe the difference. Rule of thumb...if you gig out alot as I do, change them every 6 months. Just my 2 cents...I use Attack anti-overtone ressonants, both heads just finger tight to get rid of the wrinkles, and the larger foam Emad ring. No pillows needed! This combination really delivers that punch in the chest sound that the subs like to deliver!

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            VERY good

            By Child of God.

            from St. Augustine, Florida

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            Comments about Evans EMAD Clear Batter Bass Drumhead:

            I just picked this up today to replace my aquarian superkick I, and I must say, it is one amazing head!! by itself, without proper tuning, it sounds good. But once i tuned it right, and found that sweet spot, it sounds amazing!!! keep in mind it does have to be worn in a bit and stretched.

             
            5.0

            Great drum head

            By Shedd

            from Arkansas

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Functional
            • Good Quality
            • Improves Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Concerts
              • Practicing

              Comments about Evans EMAD Clear Batter Bass Drumhead:

              I love the EMAD series of bass heads that Evans makes. I was using the EMAD2, but I decided to try this one instead. I was looking to see if the EMAD would be a little deeper kick. Honestly, I can't really tell a difference. I think it just depends on how you tune the drum. They both have the dampening pad ring that tucks inside the slot directly on the head. They're both easy to tune with the 360 technology. I do like that Evans gives you a hitting pad to put on the head, so it lasts longer. It shows me the company cares. There's no going wrong with either of the EMAD heads.

              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Good fit and sounded great

              By Ronnie

              from undisclosed

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Good Quality
              • Improves Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Concerts

                Comments about Evans EMAD Clear Batter Bass Drumhead:

                After installing it and tuning, it sounded great and performed great

                 
                5.0

                I would buy this product again

                By Bigcookie

                from Mansfield, OH

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                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Functional
                • Good Quality
                • Improves Sound

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Concerts

                  Comments about Evans EMAD Clear Batter Bass Drumhead:

                  The best heads that is only product i use..

                   
                  5.0

                  Amazing!

                  By Pyromaniac777

                  from Teton, ID

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                  Pros

                  • Boomy
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Functional
                  • Good Quality
                  • Improves Sound

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Backup
                    • Concerts
                    • Home Studio
                    • Practicing
                    • School Band

                    Comments about Evans EMAD Clear Batter Bass Drumhead:

                    I just barely got this today, and I am amazed! This bass drum head was a huge improvement from the stock head on my Peavey International 2 kit. My bass doesn't have the previous hollow, plasticky slap anymore. It is deep, full, and sounds like a cannon. My bass is also a lot louder too. This is an amazing drum and I recommend it to anyone!

                     
                    5.0

                    AWESOME POWER!

                    By HDub

                    from Southern California

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                    Comments about Evans EMAD Clear Batter Bass Drumhead:

                    Forget stuffing your bass with pillows and sheets. This beater head has awesome sound on its own and the foam resonator rings do the job awesome. I personally run the wider ring but it also comes with a narrower ring. I even run my bass with the EVANS Retro Screen. Highly recommend this for awesome power and sound!

                     
                    5.0

                    Best head on the market.

                    By D-Mad

                    from New York

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                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Functional
                    • Good Quality
                    • Improves Sound

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Evans EMAD Clear Batter Bass Drumhead:

                        Great head! provides just the right combination of punch and tone. Sounds killer and is ultra durable. Will last for years and you can kick into it super hard, and the head will withstand it. Buy this head.

                         
                        5.0

                        There's no downside.

                        By GCH

                        from Washington, DC

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                        Pros

                        • Easily Customized
                        • Easily Tuned
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Functional
                        • Good Quality
                        • Improves Sound

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Any Drumming Situation

                          Comments about Evans EMAD Clear Batter Bass Drumhead:

                          I gigged around a lot 70s and 80s but just recently got back into playing and had to catch up with the new technology. Using a 20" bass drum these days and experimenting with a number of heads and combinations, I've found that the EMAD (one ply) with the smaller dampening ring and coupled with an Evans EQ3 reso with no port, the drum sounds punchy, low, and full. There is absolutely no need for any internal muffle (ie. a pillow). Get the EMAD and EQ3 and you are GTG.

                           
                          5.0

                          Like getting a new drum with this head

                          By johnlenin1

                          from Michigan

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                          • Good Quality
                          • Improves Sound

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                              Comments about Evans EMAD Clear Batter Bass Drumhead:

                              My kick drum sounded good before this head. Now it sounds *amazing*. Like a thumping EQ'd drum on a good club sound system. Just amazing. Using an EMAD resonant as well.

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