Kinda sounds like the difference between a 20" and 22" ride cymbal, eh?Well, for example I can´t stand the 5x14" Supra but I love the 6.5x14". The 6.5" gives me richness, body and musicality while the 5" is all "splat" and high end brittle crack.
^^^YES^^^halldori said:Regarding snare sensitivity; I think depth has very little to do with how sensitive snare drums are. The most sensitive and responsive snare I have yet played was a 70´s Premier Olympic marching snare 10x14". I remember scratching my head over that drum.
There is a slight effect. You need to go to rather extreme differences in depth to make it obvious. You could test it with a 14x5 snare and a 14x14 tom using the same shell and heads. When tuned the same, the fundamental tone of the deeper drum will be slightly lower.A drum, however, is a membranophone - the pitch is determined by the size and tension of the membrane. The depth of the shell has nothing to do with it (or else roto toms wouldn´t work at all, and octobans were bass drums).
What the depth of a drum affects is the sound quality, the timbre, or whatever you want to call it.
Sound travels through air as longitudinal pressure waves. It's not the air that moves at the speed of sound, it's the wave. The speaker element kicks the air molecules next to it, those kick other molecules and so on until the pressure wave hits your ear.btw ... air motion does not move sound. Sound moves on waves of energy. If you are standing back 20’ from a speaker and you hear sound from that speaker your are not hearing the molecules of air that were in front of that speaker. If you were you would have been hit by 767mph wind