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Paise New Signature Dark Energy Cymbals

Paiste has always been known for remarkably consistent manufacturing standards, with each cymbal line having a consistent and identifiable sound. This is wonderful if you have to order a replacement cymbal and don’t live near a shop where you have the luxury of auditioning cymbals in person. With Paiste, you can expect that your new cymbal will blend well with your other cymbals from that line. But what if you’re looking for something more unique? Perhaps you want that one-in-a-million cymbal that haunts your dreams, or just a cymbal with a lot of old-world character? Paiste has created a new cymbal series that eschews a cymbal-series sound, instead striving for individual cymbals with unique characteristics that stand on their own. Dubbed the New Signature line, the cymbals are positioned between the Signature and Traditional lines and are priced the same as Traditionals. Within the New Signature line are two general types of tonalities, Mark I and Mark II. I was sent four of these cymbals to evaluate, all from the Mark I group.

The eight-inch New Signature Dark Energy Mark I splash ($228 list) is a small thin splash with a lower-pitched fundamental than I was expecting. Hit it hard and the sound is sharp, bright and short, and its attack will cut through a small band. There are several very high overtones present in the cymbal’s attack that die off quickly leaving a lower pitch that decays more slowly. It has the slightly thin sound common to its size, with overtones that reminded me a little of a clock chiming. The bell of this cymbal produces very little sound. Striking perpendicular to the edge of this cymbal produces an interesting sound that I liked a lot and could easily find a use for when recording.

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