Types of Effects (FX) Cymbals
If you are living in Kansas City, you must understand that when it comes to drums, the term “effects” or “FX” is something that is applied to a variety of cymbals from the tiny splash cymbal Kansas City to giant, odd-shaped metal. The best way to find your unique voice and figuring out what you’re missing is to know what is available. Here are some of the most common categories of FX cymbals.
Splash: this is a small and thin accent cymbal and has been around as long as the drum set itself. In fact, according to some of the experts, the splash may have been the only cymbal in the first drum sets developed in the twentieth century. You can find the splash cymbal in sizes from 6 inches to 14 inches. However, the line between a crash cymbal and a splash cymbal is somewhere between 12 inches to 14 inches. You can find the splash cymbals in a variety of weights and made of different metals- which does have an effect on the sound.
Stacker: this is a combo of varying sizes/weights of cymbals. In the early 1980s, drummers started stacking cymbals to create staccato effects and that trend continues today. These days, many of the manufacturers will sell stacks or will sell single pieces that are intended to be stacked.
Ribbon Crasher: this is an instrument that is made of several loosely overlaid ribbons that are held in place by vertical posts. You can find these in varying sizes/types and they provide a different accent sound. Most of the time, experimental drummers and heavy metal drummers prefer this sound.
Finger: these are very small and high-pitched. Typically, they are found mounted on string or nylon bands. Many times, the finger cymbals are used in orchestras and bands and are not tuned to a specific pitch.
This is just a few of the FX cymbals. You can visit a drum store in your area to learn more about what is available and what will best suit you.