Stock heads and tuning

Brian L

New member
I just got my Pearl Forum kit. I havent had the chance to sit down and tune my drums. Considering this is my second kit, my first kit i didnt get much experience tuning because my friends just came over and tuned it themselves. Now that I have a brand new kit, i'm really wanting to know how to tune by myself. I'm having trouble with the snare mostly, right now its just a really loud crack, cant get it to sound good. How can i get more of a warm kinda sound, good for rock and soft rock? bottom head and top head adjustments? i have a drum dial but dont know exactly how to get what i want. help with tom and floor tom would help to. i'm pretty much lost tuning.
 

lozza23_uk

New member
it certainly is.

now ifI only ever had time to tune my drums...... ;-)

hate having to cart my kit around all the time. never gets time for a full setup and tune. only if I am blitzing a full skin pack.

no-one would ever notice live anyway. hi tom low tom kick and snare. all fairly simple and always sounds ok.
 

BillRayDrums

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lozza23_uk":2hxezv4v said:
it certainly is.

now ifI only ever had time to tune my drums...... ;-)

hate having to cart my kit around all the time. never gets time for a full setup and tune. only if I am blitzing a full skin pack.

no-one would ever notice live anyway. hi tom low tom kick and snare. all fairly simple and always sounds ok.
You sound like a workin' mofo.....I echo the same sentiments!

Tonight was as tedious as stackin' jello. This one guy I work with is by far the BUSIEST guy in town (with this muthafrickin' recession starting to creep in I'll play chopsticks for a buck) but man, it's like the same song over and over and over......hard to find that "open V" (Canoe talk) in terms of developing form and structure when it's all like driving in circles....

But the swing dancers lurrrrrve him (shuffles that go on for days yawn...I mean oh boy!!) and that sells the lovely alcohol that pays our bills. Ethanol for all of us! Yay!
 

lozza23_uk

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i wouldn't say a working drummer :) more of a hobiest with no-where to have a permanent kit setup.

I practice electronically, and use my ageing export for gigs. of course at my level a gig consists of getting there after work, setting up, soundchecking, handing my kit over to an unknown entity to batter after me, and so it goes. then getting on stage at 10 to rearrange it all and make sure nothing has fallen apart :)

this kit has survived more than it was ever specced for. it is a machine!!! :)

i can understand your pain, work is work though...pays the bills and fingers crossed enjoy life a little.

a quote for you Bill

"We need these machines to stay alive, We need these prisons to be free, We need to suffer so that, We can buy a little harmony" - Darren "Wiz" Brown. RIP.
 

shine.fm-youth

New member
garrett made it a sticky out of a post i made concerning everyone asking
"how can i get my drums to sound like "enter favorite drummer"

anyway it's in the "heads" section
 

Eleven22

New member
:lol: I'm laughing because I use to have the same problem, no time for tuning, it use to take me a good 1-2 hrs to tune my drums. One day my friends kid came over to talk to me about drums. He just got a new set and was learning how to do things. He wanted to learn how to tune his new set so he brought 2 drums over and a drum dialer. I started laughing and started showing him how to tune using the thump method. He starts telling me about this dialer he bought and how he read up all this crap about it. so I said ok well lets try it on your second drum and see how it turns out. I was floored! It worked like a charm I have never had success with drum tuner. Well previously I used a tension tuner, but this one measures the tention on the skin itself. I went out bought me one of these drum dialers for myself to try it out on my kit. I first tuned by hand , and got the tension that I like , and get this I even had to adjust a little of my own tuning since all the areas were not perfectly matched. A few weeks latter I replaced all my head used my specs I wrote down with the drum dialer I tuned the entire kit in less than an hour. Sounds perfect. you guys may want to try one out. I check all my heads before any gig I do just to make sure Im dead on.
 

Mitchell?

New member
Mark Threat":k0dby4mu said:
Has anybody used the Pearl Protone heads?

I'm picking up a Pearl Vision VLX next week and those are the stocks on it.
My school left the Pro-Tones on our Export and the toms sound good with good tuning.
 

Brian L

New member
i got rid of all the stock heads and got Pinstripes, emperor x, emad 2, and now the kit is so nice. love playing it. I wish i could get a chance to use it for a live concert. it projects so well. anyways, pearl protones cant handle that much. I'm not that hard of a hitter and the tom head was dented in a day. Stock heads suck in my opinion. maybe except the DW heads. People seem to leave those on along time.
 

Drumosaurus

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I can usually tune up my pdp's with stock heads pretty good. except for the snare. I am cursed when it comes to snare tuning. :cry:
 

Brian L

New member
Drumosaurus":ge8j1xof said:
I can usually tune up my pdp's with stock heads pretty good. except for the snare. I am cursed when it comes to snare tuning. :cry:

ur probably using the stock snare. i bought a ddrum 7/13 snare for like 150 dollars and it has an amazing tuning range with remo heads. i had the same problem with the pearl forum snare. i just couldnt get it to sound that good.
 

Drumosaurus

New member
Ya, I got a coated ambassador on it and it's easier now. Plus, I'm a bit more expierenced at tuning than I was 2 YEARS AGO when I posted that :lol:
 
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