I often play rim-shotty sounds without actually contacting the rim. The rim is the least of it, IMO.
Originally Posted by Andy Hamm
Why not rubber coat the sticks instead of the rim? Maybe paint a band on them, so they can still get a hard rim shot when they want to.
Originally Posted by Bassmankr
If you want to experiment, go to an auto parts store and pick up some car door edge moulding and apply that to the drum rim edge.
These posts inspired me to experiment. I just tried this out on my snare:
I draped a mouse pad
over the rim of the drum and played a rim shot across it. It sounded exactly like a rim shot. I took the mouse pad off, contacted the bare metal of the hoop, it sounded only a tiny tiny bit 'rimmier' than with the mouse pad.
Well a mouse pad is pretty thick, but maybe I just need something more
. So I folded the mouse pad in half for double thickness and put it on the rim, and did a rim shot across that.
Still sounds the same= exactly like a rim shot
A LOT of what we characterize as a 'rim shot' is the extreme angle of the stick, and the off center impact point. Even if you muffle the hoop or the stick itself, it will still sound like a rim shot in the "poke through the mix" sense.
I doubt you are going to get a 'center hit' sound until the drummer is capable of hitting the drum in the center.
Retrain the drummer, or replace the drummer,
(or sample-replace the snare)