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Tuning... and know-how

Post by Signalflow » Wed Oct 31, 2007 12:57 pm

There's nothing quite like recording a drummer who really, and I mean REALLY, knows how to tune their kit. I worked with a drummer this morning who may have had some of the best sounding toms I've ever heard. Now if only I could work with Glenn Kotche......
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Post by MoreSpaceEcho » Wed Oct 31, 2007 2:04 pm

yeah. really in-tune drums are a thing of wonder.

if they know how to hit them too then you are really in business.

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Post by fossiltooth » Wed Oct 31, 2007 5:23 pm

Agreed.

Don't tell us, tell the drummers!

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Post by Ryan Silva » Wed Oct 31, 2007 7:46 pm

My very first studio experience was at a very cool studio in SF (Division Hi-Fi) with very, very cool engineer Scott Solter, and our drummer had the very worst set ever. A 12 year old Pearl Export, with toms that I saw on more than one occasion rolling down the flight of stairs at the 'Paradise Lounge' (now out of business, fuckin yuppies!) I mean you could see light between the rims and the skin. They were ovals, I kid you not. Poor Scott.
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Post by drumsound » Wed Oct 31, 2007 7:47 pm

It is pretty crucial. A few months ago a young engineer came to me for a tuning lesson before a big record he was starting. The same engineer has hired me to tech for an upcoming session.

At the Central IL Tape Op Night this weekend we're going to start with a drum tuning lesson.

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Post by alex matson » Wed Oct 31, 2007 8:27 pm

drumsound wrote: At the Central IL Tape Op Night this weekend we're going to start with a drum tuning lesson.
I'm jealous. At the last Portland TapeOp night, we started with just beers.

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Post by b3groover » Wed Oct 31, 2007 8:34 pm

A great drummer who knows how to tune drums can make even the crappiest kit sound good.

I just got all new heads for my kit (a Yamaha Beech Custom) including top and bottom snare and kick heads and had two very trusted drummers tune it up (one after the other by a few days) and it is sounding better than ever.
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Post by JGriffin » Wed Oct 31, 2007 9:08 pm

drumsound wrote:At the Central IL Tape Op Night this weekend we're going to start with a drum tuning lesson.
boy, I really wish I could be at that.
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Post by mjau » Wed Oct 31, 2007 9:11 pm

dwlb wrote:
drumsound wrote:At the Central IL Tape Op Night this weekend we're going to start with a drum tuning lesson.
boy, I really wish I could be at that.
What he failed to mention is that strippers are going to be doing the drum tuning. Hot ones. That show up with free beer. And nachos.

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Post by ??????? » Wed Oct 31, 2007 9:34 pm

i dont understand the mystery that seems to surround drum tuning. It's not rocket science. ???

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Post by JGriffin » Wed Oct 31, 2007 9:41 pm

mjau wrote:
dwlb wrote:
drumsound wrote:At the Central IL Tape Op Night this weekend we're going to start with a drum tuning lesson.
boy, I really wish I could be at that.
What he failed to mention is that strippers are going to be doing the drum tuning. Hot ones. That show up with free beer. And nachos.
*reschedules some less important things*
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Post by I'm Painting Again » Thu Nov 01, 2007 9:39 am

I don't know..you just will never get that POS warped kit sound with a good sounding well-tuned drums..NEVER!

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Post by dsw » Thu Nov 01, 2007 11:30 am

I'm really good at tuning beers if any one needs me.
Beers sound best with a stripper in an XY pattern.

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Post by weatherbox » Thu Nov 01, 2007 12:50 pm

drumsound wrote:It is pretty crucial. A few months ago a young engineer came to me for a tuning lesson before a big record he was starting. The same engineer has hired me to tech for an upcoming session.

At the Central IL Tape Op Night this weekend we're going to start with a drum tuning lesson.
hopefully someone will have a video camera...

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Post by drumsound » Thu Nov 01, 2007 2:38 pm

brad347 wrote:i dont understand the mystery that seems to surround drum tuning. It's not rocket science. ???
No it's not rocket science, but not everyone knows how to do it. It just takes practice. Knowing a couple good tricks and theories goes a long way.

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