Tuning my snare

Rufio32

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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!
 

Brian L

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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:
 

Rufio32

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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?
 

AmnestysLowEnd

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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.
 

Rufio32

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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.
 

Brian L

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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.
 

Rufio32

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

ThePloughman

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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.
 

Rufio32

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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.
 

AmnestysLowEnd

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Timekeep69":20jnleo6 said:
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.
 

Timekeep69

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AmnestysLowEnd":twfv2hj9 said:
Timekeep69":twfv2hj9 said:
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.

True, but people assume that it's a drum tuner when it's not.
 

AmnestysLowEnd

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Timekeep69":2k64k8o2 said:
AmnestysLowEnd":2k64k8o2 said:
Timekeep69":2k64k8o2 said:
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.

True, but people assume that it's a drum tuner when it's not.
Well with most people they are better off using the dial as a tuner vrs their ears, at least until they get the basics down. :lol:
 
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