Taking up the drums is an exciting endeavor, and as most drummers will agree, it doesn't take long after learning before you'll want to expand your kit. That's where effects cymbals come in handy, and these days you'll find a tremendous range to integrate into your technique.
The world of effects cymbals is growing larger by the day, and whether you're looking for a mesmerizing oriental splash or a wave-like spiral trash effect, you'll find more than enough effect cymbals to choose from here. From Paiste, and Zildjian to Sabian, Pearl and countless others, these companies are renowned and respected worldwide for their innovative cymbals that are sure to inspire you behind a kit.
For fans of trance, drum'n'bass, and various other electronica styles of music, Meinl's Generation X Series of cymbals provides players with a massive array of special effects. For example, take the Meinl Generation X Electro Stack 8'' and 10'' effects cymbal. Featuring a trashy, white noise effect and an astounding short sustain due to the combination of two cymbals on top of one another, the Electro Stack also offers a tough, sizzling attack thanks to the waved China top cymbal. Superb for accents, this effect is an optimal example of Meinl's cutting-edge cymbal designs. Another cymbal that comes highly recommended is the Paiste Alpha 'B' Swiss Crash. Powerful, aggressive and extremely bright, the response of this Swiss Crash truly excels when a player rides it at a higher volume. It's also incredibly versatile, making this effect cymbal a perfect option for a wide variety of music genres.
From the crazy and zany to the hypnotic and soothing, effect cymbals make a great inclusion to any kit. No doubt about it, when a ride, crash and hi-hat simply isn't enough, you can always turn to an effect cymbal to add another dimension to your performance.