We’re loving all the great stuff the SonicScooper’s are working and once again, it’s time for the bi-monthly SonicScoop Wednesdays. This edition is for all the drummers out there. Whether you’re live or in the studio, drum tuning is important when trying to accomplish that perfect mix!
Today, we have more tools than ever to aid us in creating compelling drums sounds. So why is it still so rare and startlingly satisfying to hear great-sounding drum recordings?
The truth is that few drummers (and even fewer engineers) have developed a sense for tuning drums to speak with power, nuance and authority.
This is no dig on drummers. Just hearing the fundamental pitch on a drum can be difficult at first, even for players trained on melodic instruments. Because of this, alongside piano players, drummers are perhaps the only instrumentalists who are commonly unable to tune their own instruments.
Although some great drummers can get their kit most of the way there on ears and instinct alone, the ones who care most about this part of the craft often develop a system that helps them achieve optimal sounds quickly and without guesswork.
With reliable information and a little practice you too will be able to get your studio’s kit to a reliable starting point without fuss, develop a greater understanding of the potential of any drum, and just maybe save the day from time to time.
The basic process is straightforward, but there are a few essential ingredients many tuning guides leave out. Study up here, and while your peers are loading their sound replacers with sonically-homogenizing sample libraries, you’ll be reaching for a drum key like the badass engineer you are.
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