The response rate of the cymbal. Some models are faster (more attack) than others. The Signature Mike Portnoy Max Stax responds with immediate 'attack'.
Sounds that are high-pitched; they offer increased cut. PRO models including the 20" Ride offer bright, penetrating responses.
The ability of the sound - usually high-pitched or loud - to cut through the surrounding music. The Sonix Crash features a focused, high-pitched sound that cuts.
Low-pitched, warm tones that combine for a 'dark' response that blends into surrounding music. HH models, including the Dark Crash, feature dark, traditional tones.
A minimum of tone ensures a very definite stroke response. The 20" HH Raw Dry Ride offers maximum stick response.
Rate of response when the cymbal is struck: how fast or slow it makes a sound and how that sound decays. A smaller or thinner cymbal responds and decays faster than larger, heavier models.
The predominant or main sound within the overall response of a cymbal. A Dark Crash produces a fundamental sound that has a relatively low, warm, rich tone.
Clear, shimmering response. Often clean and smooth -- like glass.
A fiery mix of dark, warm sounds with the added heat of agitated tones -- a 'burning' sound.
The overtones or series of pitches produced in addition to the fundamental. Every cymbal will have a different percentage of highs, lows and mid-range partials.
The duration of the sound before it decays. Bigger cymbals sustain longer than smaller models.
The general sound characteristics of a cymbal.
Raw and dirty responses associated with chinese cymbals and some special models. The trashiness of an 18" B8 Pro Chinese is raw, funky and oriental.
A softer response that focuses on a blend of low-pitched, musical tones.