Have you ever listened to a record and caught a guitar player with an out of tune string or a bass player with bad intonation? Even worse, have you heard an average singer without Melodyne!!??
As producers, it is our job to ensure that everything we record is in tune and that includes the foundation of our mixes -- the drums!
In this tutorial join Fab Dupont and world renowned drummer Graham Hawthorne (Paul Simon, Fatboy Slim, Bon Jovi, and more) as they dissect the entire process of replacing, tuning and maintaining drum heads and hardware that are the essential and often overlooked elements of great drum recordings.
In this step-by-step guide to tuning drums you will learn about the importance of drum heads, the purpose of snare drum accessories, the influence of drum stands, and much, much more.
Learning how drums are tuned is crucial for every engineer to know because badly tuned drums will sound flappy and lifeless. The difference between a kick drum that tears through a rock record or sits calmly inside of a jazz mix may only be quarter tone away.
Topics Covered Include:
- The order you should tune your drum lugs
- Tuning the top and bottom head
- Changing drum heads
- Compare an out of tune drum kit to an in tune drum kit
- Using a drum key properly
- Accurate muffling and dampening drum heads
- Developing overall tone in a drum kit