"Tubby" drum sound?

Hey guys, I hear this term used quite often, especially when describing vintage gear(guitars as well), but what exactly is a "tubby" sound? Kind of round and muted?

I know drumming nomenclature is full of odd little onomatopoeias that should be fairly self-explanatory, but I'm still kind of unsure.
 

opentune

Platinum Member
Ya, these words as used are pretty inconsistent, just like the word 'warm' for drums.

To my ears, the toms on these Tama Swingstars are headed and tuned to be 'tubby'
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2lHOaKZGpw

These Tama Swingstars are not
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3H7JdKGUF4

Same make/model. I prefer the 2nd set. My example is no diss on Tama or these drummers choices either.
When I think of tubby, I think of the sound of empty plastic ice cream containers or 5 gallon pails.
 
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Ghostnote

Guest
To me, that Tama clip has too much attack to be "tubby". Tubby is the word I always use to describe my Ludwig Legacy kit. Rolled-off attack with lots of mids and low-mids going on.
 

toddbishop

Platinum Member
A sound you get when your bottom heads are tuned too low? I guess it's one of those know-it-when-you-hear-it deals.
 

opentune

Platinum Member
To me, that Tama clip has too much attack to be "tubby". Tubby is the word I always use to describe my Ludwig Legacy kit. Rolled-off attack with lots of mids and low-mids going on.
Well, while we're at it maybe you could post an example of 'tubby' to your ears?
 
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