A5-5 Clearsonic Drum Shield, DS7DL 7, DS65 5 – Which is the best?

Hi friends! My name is Andrea Gatti. I’m a drummer and a percussionist. I started my career playing professionally as a percussionist, and since my conversion, I have been playing in the church and in the mission field. I have experienced many kinds of environments, from the big church with a big stage to the little one where it’s necessary to be careful about the volume of the sound. A drum shield controls the sound projection of a drumset, which makes it a good solution for bands that play in low volume contexts. In this article, I will review the A5-5 Clearsonic drum shield, the  DS7DL 7 Drum Shield, and the DS4 5 Drum Shield. We will see which one suits you more, and I will give you some tips on how to obtain a great sound by having good quality materials without spending a fortune.


 

Clearsonic A5-5

 

The Clearsonic A5-5 is made out of 5 acrylic panels that are 2′ wide by 5.5′ high, which provide coverage all the way up to the cymbals. The acrylic panels allow clear visibility and to allow the passage of cables, there are cut out in between the panels. It’s a great tool to manage your drum sound on stage.

 

Characteristics

  • 5 panels — 2′ wide by 5.5 high: I would say that the 5 panel is a great solution that allows a complete covering of the drums without having extra panels. Of course, this also depends on the size of the drumset, but for a classic 18×22 inch, it’s a great solution.

 

  • Completely transparent with great visibility: one of the problems of having a shield is the isolation of the drummer, so having a clear and transparent shield that does not completely isolate the drummer is necessary in order to have good interaction with the band.

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  • Tough acrylic construction: acrylic is a very strong material and quite hard to break. However, I would be careful about how the shield is handled.

 

  • Cable cutouts: these are very important as they allow any necessary cables to beA5-5-Clearsonic-Drum-Shield-Review-and-Tips-for-a-Great-Sound passed through the shield instead of around it. This can change the life of the sound technician if it should happen that the cables used are not too long. Also, it will look much better than having long cables going around the shield.

 

  • Accordion foldout: this allows better use of the space and allow easy transport.

Pros:

  1. Since the brand is popular, it will be very easy to resell and will keep more value.
  2. The quality is very good. This is the most common drum shield on the market.
  3. Since it’s not huge, portability is one of it’s best characteristics. (Drum shields are heavy.)
  4. Very easy to install.

Cons:

  1. It’s pricey if you compare it to other brands especially since, in my opinion, a drum shield is not an instrument. There will be a difference from one brand to another, but there is quite an unjustified difference in price.

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DS7DL 7 Foot X 12 Foot Drum Shield

The DS7DL 7 Foot X 12 Foot Drum Shiel has 6 panels Full 1/4″ x 24 x 72 made out of crystal clear acrylic and in addition it has 6 deflector panels of 12″ x 24″ allowing better control of the sound. The panels are featured with Living Hinges allowing portability and good flexibility. The DS7DL has great visibility,  gaps are placed between the panels allowing the passage of cables to microphone the kit. It’s a great tool on stage.

Characteristics

  • 6 panels — Full 1/4″ x 24 x 72 Crystal clear acrylic wich allow great coverage of the drums. The 6 panels give the ability to surround almost any kind of large drumset.

 

  •  Completely transparent with great visibility. As I said for the Clarisonic A5-5, visibility is fundamental for the interaction of the musicians.

 

  • Drum-shield-pannels-deflectors6 deflectors panel 12″ x 24″: these deflectors cut down the amount of sound even more that will be perceived on stage and by the crowd.

 

  • Tough acrylic construction: acrylic is a very strong material and quite hard to break. However, I would be careful about how the shield is handled.

 

  • Space for cable passage: as I said before, it’s quite important to have space for cables to pass in order to microphone the drum set without going around the shield. This could prevent the need for purchasing new, expensive cables.

 

  • 5 Full-Length Plastic Living Hinge: the hinges allow great flexibility in order to position the shield in the most suitable position, and allow the folding of the shield when it needs to be moved.

 

Pros:

  1. A good shield especially if we consider it’s price
  2. It allows the covering of big drum sets
  3. Has top deflectors that increase the protection

Cons:

  1. It’s quite big if you have a small drum kit
  2. It’s not as easy to install and to transport

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Drum Shield DS65 5 

Drum Shield DS65 5  is made out of 5 panels Full 1/4″ x 24 x 72 of Crystal clear acrylic material 2ft. x 6 ft. 14. With additional cost is possible to add Bright Chrome Hinges or Living Hinges which will improve the look strength of the shield.

 

Characteristics

  • 5 panels   24 x 72 of Crystal acrylic 2ft. x 6 ft. The five panels allow the use of the shield for a nig size kit, however not of a huge one. the panels are slightly taller than the Clearsonic but they are not as tall as the DS7DL 7 model.

 

  • Clearsonic-drum-shield-comparisonCompletely transparent with great visibility: as I said for the other models, visibility is fundamental for the interaction of the musicians.

 

  • Tough acrylic construction: acrylic is a very strong material and quite hard to break. However, I would be careful about how the shield is handled.

 

  • Cable Passage: I will stress the fact that space for the cables is important.

 

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  • The hinges are good, however, they don’t allow complete movement, so you are not able to fold up the panels for storage.

 

 

Pros:

  1. It’s 6 ft. tall: this gives good protection from the sound.
  2. Very good price compared to the other models.
  3. 5 panels are sufficient for any normal kit.

Cons

  1. Not foldable and hard to transport or store.


Which is the best? – My opinion

I would say that there is never the best product for absolute, but there is the best product for our needs.

I can honestly say that the “A5-5 Clearsonic drum shield” is a good product since I had the chance to try it out. Instead, for the other ones, I had to do some research online in order to give a good review.

Since these products are not musical instruments I would not dare to say one is extremely better than the other since they are all made out of Acrylic. What I would suggest is to look at the need.

  • If there is a need for a big kit (for example with 2 floor toms), I would definitely get the DS7DL 7
  • If you know your kit is not huge, and maybe you want to move the shield or store it, I would get the Clearsonic A5-5
  • If I’m sure that my shield will not be moved and will always stay in place, I would probably get the DS65 5 so I would save money in the purchase.

There are things to consider when buying a product: the use of it, budget, how long do I want to keep it, etc.

 


DS7DL 7, DS65 5, A5-5 Clearsonic drum shield, how do they work?

Most people think that if we are placing a drum shield in front of the drumset will lower the volume in the whole band in the room. In a sense, it does, but this isn’t exactly what’s happening when we use a shield. The shield decreases the perception of the sound. With this analogy and a little experiment to make us understand how a drum shield works.

Clearsonic-drum-shield-shieldsTry to imagine someone that is screaming directly in front of us, and suddenly we place a barrier between us and the loud person. With a barrier, we will feel a sense of relief from the loud noise. This does not mean the general sound is quieter, but the amount of it hitting us directly will be significantly reduced. Anyone of us could try this at home by using any kind of plastic barrier.

This is the principle behind the drum shield; it avoids direct sound exposure. This is why we have the perception that the volume has been lowered.

Since the sound will be reflected back toward the drummer like a mirror, it can be good to add some dampening material behind the drums in order to lower sound which is reflected and also cut down the high annoying frequencies.

 


What if we want more muffling?

Muffling panels can be used behind the drumset and if needed they can be added in also in front in the internal part of the screen in order to muffle even more the sound. Here are some panels that could be used.

When placing the panels, be sure to place them unevenly, one panel goes will have the cones towards one sense and the other one other will have them pointing in the other direction. Just like you see in the picture. (Note: I don’t suggest to glue them on the drum shield.)

If necessary, it’s possible to add this other type of panel. It can be inserted in front of the drums touching the shield. I would just rest them against the floor and the internal part of the shield and attach them with a tiny amount of masking tape just on the top corners of the muffling panel since we don’t want to damage the surface of the drum shield. Here, there is a photo of this type of panel.

 


Tips

While handling any drum while I suggest, I suggest to wear gloves in order to avoid leaving fingerprints on the surface. Keep in mind that all shields are heavy, and could cause damage if they fall on top of people or delicate things. If you need to reposition it, ask a friend to help you.

Whether we decide to use the drum shield or not, we must know that a good drummer and good musicians should be able to play at all dynamics without disturbing the congregation. Sometimes it’s easy to get carried away, especially when there is a lot of passion.

If this is the case, a drum shield and a good sound engineer can make all the difference. As a drummer, I would say that it’s also nice to be able to play freely without having to control yourself all the time.

Click here to know more about the best sound solutions for church 

Please leave any questions or comments below and let me know which one you would choose ;).

God bless.

Andy


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Author: Andy

I'm Andrea Gatti (Andy). I love the arts, especially music. My dream is to see my home country of Italy and all the nations blossom in their unique identity, each one expressing its specific character for the glory of God.

5 thoughts on “A5-5 Clearsonic Drum Shield, DS7DL 7, DS65 5 – Which is the best?

  1. Thanks for sharing these reviews, tips, and experiences. This helps me a lot since I’m still a newbie and I have no idea how to chose a drum shield or anything for that matter. Thanks again!

  2. These examples will work well in smaller places like your church. Playing in an auditorium you want loud, in a smaller room you cannot play softly to play the drums correctly, using one of these drum shields will be a great way to control the sound.
    We have a much smaller church and do not have a drumset at this time, The simplest and cheapest will be what we would use if we added a drumset.
    Do you think that just muffling panels would work in the beginning?
    John

    1. Thank you John for your comment.
      It depends on various factors. First of all, is the drummer experienced? If not, and he is not able to play softly, I think the panels with muffling for sure will make a difference. But if the acoustics of the church are very bad, at this point I would definitely suggest getting an electronic drumset in order to regulate the volume.
      On this article, I talk about this problem and give tips on how to achieve a good sound: https://theworshipandart.com/drum-shields-for-church-achieving-a-good-sound-and-other-solutions/
      I hope this can be useful for your church.
      Blessings.
      Andy

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