The Paiste
Sound Development

Sound Development is our R&D team, made up of members of the Paiste family, key production personnel, and experienced working drummers. Together these individuals from different backgrounds pool their knowledge and execute the search for new sounds.


The Paiste
Drummer Service

Drummer Service as an institution was established in 1959 as an extension of Sound Development in order to establish and ensure constant contact and communication with drummers and percussionists everywhere.

They review feedback and input from drummers and percussionists across the world, and so interpret and then formulate our understanding of their needs. The resulting sound idea is then translated into likely production parameters and prototypes are made. These are reviewed and revised over and over until they match our understanding of the original sound idea. Prototypes will then be reviewed with top Paiste artists who evaluate their usefulness and accuracy for the stated purpose. Further changes may be made until the final prototype is declared good and becomes the master cymbal, of which several will be made for later production purposes. Sound Development also originates innovations through their own creative efforts. During their regular experimentation efforts, and through pure research, they invent or discover new alloys, new instrument shapes, and new production methods. sound development Today, Drummer Service is a worldwide network consisting of Paiste staff, affiliated distributor personnel, and freelance professional drummers, who interface with artists all over the globe. Their goals are to research developing music trends, to receive feedback and input from artists regarding their sound needs, and to serve the artists who endorse our products.
Drummer Service enjoys complete freedom. Besides the obvious pursuit of developments in mainstream music styles, they are encouraged to research and discover not yet popular and even obscure music trends. Often enough, new sound ideas for our instruments originate in the various underground scenes, where experimentation and disregard for the ordinary reign. Eventually such progressive trends develop and evolve and find their way into the more popular realm. The same type of freedom is also exercised with respect to our choice of endorsement relationships with important artists.
  Drummer Service is the essential link between Paiste, the instrument maker, and the artists who use our products. The open mindedness, the zealous pursuit of variety, and the non-commercial character of this institution allow us to develop a truly useful and vast variety of sounds, where the only missing links are those sounds that haven’t been thought of or discovered yet.

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