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Tuning my snare

Postby Rufio32 » Fri Jan 01, 2010 3:52 pm

So question. I have a 13 x 7 snare and I can't get it sounding how I want it to. I'm trying to get a nice lower sound out of it, but there's way too much ring. As far as tuning the heads goes, what's the best way to get rid of ring? Should I have the bottom head tighter? I know I can put tape on the heads and otherwise, but I would imagine with this much ring there's a different way I can tune the heads to lose a lot of it. Thanks all!
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Re: Tuning my snare

Postby Brian L » Fri Jan 01, 2010 4:21 pm

i know exactly what ur going through man. i have a 13 by 7 ddrum s2 maple snare. basically, i tuned it alittle everyday, and everyday, i noticed i was getting alittle closer to the sound i wanted. so i think the number one rule for tuning a snare is to take ur time and mess with it. see what kind of results u get from each tune and keep that in mind as u progress. also a big thing i noticed, is that the chains on a 13 by 7 snare, even when barely tweaked...can make it into a snare good for metal to a lower sound probably better for softer rock music. but i love my snare. :mrgreen:
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Re: Tuning my snare

Postby Rufio32 » Fri Jan 01, 2010 4:56 pm

That helps. Thanks man. I really ought to pay attention to my tuning results. Also, my snare is Ddrum also. The dominion series, 8 ply Maple. I've seen the D2's, but I've never heard of S2. Is that the series?
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Re: Tuning my snare

Postby Timekeep69 » Fri Jan 01, 2010 6:43 pm

You might want to check your bearing edges, they may not be truly flat.
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Re: Tuning my snare

Postby Rufio32 » Fri Jan 01, 2010 7:01 pm

Good idea. I'll have to check them for sure. Thanks!
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Re: Tuning my snare

Postby AmnestysLowEnd » Fri Jan 01, 2010 7:04 pm

Are you getting all the lugs to the same pitch/tone? This is really important part of tuning, if you don't you will get an overly ring-y, annoying tone.
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Re: Tuning my snare

Postby Rufio32 » Fri Jan 01, 2010 8:42 pm

Well I don't have a perfect ear, but I try my best to kept them the same. But maybe one came loose. I'll have to check that out. Thanks.
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Re: Tuning my snare

Postby Brian L » Sat Jan 02, 2010 5:56 pm

according to musiciansfriend, its a s4 apparently. thats where i got the snare anyway. i could have swarn it was a d2 or an s2, something with a 2. i need to probably go over my snare with a drum dial, just to maybe clean up the sound a bit.
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Re: Tuning my snare

Postby Rufio32 » Sat Jan 02, 2010 11:27 pm

Right on. I guess that'd help me out too. A drum dial. Pretty Good investment? I've never used one.
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Re: Tuning my snare

Postby ThePloughman » Sun Jan 03, 2010 2:38 am

Lousy investment, really.
And what sort of heads are on the drum to start with?
Try 1.5 turns on top, 2 turns on bottom, above finger tight. Work up to it.
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Re: Tuning my snare

Postby Rufio32 » Sun Jan 03, 2010 12:26 pm

My batter is EC reverse dot by Evans and the reso. I think is just a clear emperor by Remo. I'm not totally sure because I can't keep my drums at home. Unfortunately apartment life isn't drum friendly. But anyway, I'll give that a try. 1.5 on top and 2 on bottom.
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Re: Tuning my snare

Postby metldrummer2112 » Sun Jan 03, 2010 2:17 pm

Just a suggestion for a head that reduces ring, Evans HD Dry
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Re: Tuning my snare

Postby Timekeep69 » Sun Jan 03, 2010 2:30 pm

Drum Dials only insure that the head is tensioned evenly. It doesn't actually help in tuning the drum.
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Re: Tuning my snare

Postby Brian L » Mon Jan 04, 2010 8:10 pm

Timekeep69 wrote:Drum Dials only insure that the head is tensioned evenly. It doesn't actually help in tuning the drum.


couldnt have said it better myself.
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Re: Tuning my snare

Postby AmnestysLowEnd » Tue Jan 05, 2010 12:47 pm

Timekeep69 wrote:Drum Dials only insure that the head is tensioned evenly. It doesn't actually help in tuning the drum.


It does in the sense that a well seated head will be easier to tune as well as stay tuned longer. While you can do this with out one, I find that it is a good investment because it helps you understand the physics of tuning. By physics of tuning , I mean it helps you see how much adjacent lugs effect each other.
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