Technical Innovations

For nearly 50 years, Remo has been consistently breaking new grounds in the drumhead industry. Ever since we led the industry in the 1960's to standardize drumhead sizes, we've been in the forefront when it comes to crafting, designing and manufacturing drumheads. Because of our technologically advanced R&D on all things drum, we continue to break new grounds in developing new technologies to meet the discriminating demands of the world's top drummers. Here are just a few of our technological innovations:

Drumhead Films

Working with DuPont for over 40 years, we understand how to manipulate films to develop more sophisticated and consistent drumhead sounds. Through many years of scientific research, studio sound tests and live performances we have developed specific patented surfaces and coating treatments. We are the only drumhead company capable of laminating and texturizing our own films.


Remo's original Weatherking drumheads have set the industry standard. Remo was the first to use Mylar®*, a polyester film made by DuPont, to create drumheads that were unusually durable, inexpensive, and weather-resistant, all the while providing previously unattainable pitch, tone and consistency. Their full rich, tones have made these classic heads the drumhead standard since their 1957 introduction. The three original Weatherking drumheads are Diplomat™, Ambassador™, and Emperor™.

Suede Drumheads

Suede heads are a new generation of drumheads that utilize exclusively developed films and processes to offer several advances in sound and performance. Suede's proprietary process creates a texture on both sides of the head that enhances the production and reflection of sounds, creating a voice that's across between the brightness and resonance of clear heads and the mid-range articulation of coated heads.

Suede CrimpLock Marching Heads

Beginning with Suede drumheads, we added an exclusive CrimpLock hoop to create increased stability and tuning range for high-register drum corps and marching situations. Crimping the hoop makes sure resin stains in place under high tensions while the profiled hoop adds additional strength and rigidity needed for marching applications. The Suede Crimplock Marching Heads have the attack of a Pinstripe head and the warmth of the Renaissance while adding more tonal depth.


The new state-of-the-art Advanced Acousticon™ material, developed over four years, utilizes high technology in its construction perhaps more than any previous drum shell. It takes the best qualities of wood and betters them for incredible consistency allowing unparalleled pitch, timbre, and projection. The continuous, one-piece wrap of the Advanced Acousticon makes for a denser, better sounding drum. Because of its "uni-body" construction, there are no mismatched plies of wood, and all shells are constructed to exacting thicknesses, resulting in a sound with focus and articulation.


Tunable Sound Shapes

Tunable Sound Shapes (TSS) is a revolutionary advance in an evolving technology. First we created Sound Shapes, the first real entry-level percussion instrument consisting of a pre-tuned head and flat Acousticon® frame. Then we beefed up the frame's thickness and created an instrument that can be converted into a standard or high tensioned tunable drum. The result? Half the weight. All the tension.

* Mylar® is a registered trademark of DuPont Teijin Films for its polyester film.
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