“Drum tuning is the process in which you apply or remove tension on the tension rods or rope around a drumhead until you reach the correct frequency or note. A drummer may use a variety of methods to achieve this process; while keeping in mind the style of music, the drums conformation, the composition of the drumhead, the type of tools use to hit the drum any muffling material that may alter its sound and the range the drumhead and drum were manufactured to be.”
Thank you very much Wikipedia.
Why tune your drums? Simple. There’s little worse for a drummer (and a band) when an otherwise great gig or recording is ruined by a poorly set up drum kit.
Most drummers have experienced trouble in getting the right sound from a kit. All the different elements in a kit (heads, snare wires, cymbals and mics, etc) creates a reaction somewhere else. All drummers will have battled at some time or another with excessive ring, overtones, snare buzz and sympathetic resonance, etc. especially when recording these problems can prove extremely frustrating. You’re going to hear every little mistake again and again and again.
Start by choosing the right drum heads. Heads come in a variety and some are better for live gigs and others for recording. Know what you’re going to do and make wise choices. The pitch, tone and projection are personal tastes when it comes to your kit.
Be sure the head is seated correctly. Next, finger-tighten the head and ensure it’s even. Consider using a Tune Bot Drum Tuner. Every guitar player has an electronic tuner for speed and accuracy in tuning. Tuning a drum is much more time consuming and difficult than a guitar. Yet, until now there was no such thing as a real “drum tuner”. After years of research and development, Overtone Labs has finally created a fast, accurate, and effective drum tuner. This new invention is about to change the way you tune your drums, and more importantly, change the way your drums sound.
The Tune Bot Is Useful for:
• Lug pitch matching
• Measuring and adjusting overall tone
• Interval tuning of Toms
• Returning to your drums’ optimal sound every time
Tune Bot Features:
• Lug pitch measurement
• Overall pitch measurement
• Frequency and note modes
• Overtone filters
• Difference mode 80+
• Save Slots
• Easy to read display with backlight
• Drum hoop clip
• Drum tuning charts and pitch recommendations