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Old 12-16-2007, 04:24 AM
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I am looking for a drum dial settings for DW's, EC2 heads.

12", 14", 16"


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Old 12-16-2007, 04:30 AM
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There aren't drum dial settings for particular drums with particular heads. Everyone is going to have different settings depending on what they like.

Honestly you need to not rely on the drum dial. Using it to get in the ballpark is fine but you need to learn how to tune without it, especially fine tuning by ear.
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Old 12-16-2007, 04:36 AM
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This is what would do:

Trust your ears, the dial is simply a tension measuring tool, it does not hear. Get your drum to sound the way you like it. Use the dail to quickly get the lugs even. Then slowly tune or detune each lug to taste.
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Old 12-16-2007, 05:57 AM
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I am looking for a drum dial settings for DW's, EC2 heads.

12", 14", 16"


Anyone?
I have two DW kits, use a dial, and use Evans EC2s. You'll probably find the sweet spot betweem 75 - 80. I run my rack toms at 80 over 80. Floor toms at 75 over 80 and the same for the kick. My snare is usually 90 over 80 give or take.

You can try even tension on both heads. If your getting more sustain than you want, pitch up the reso heads. You just have to mess around with different settings.

The above tuning may seem a little high from behind the kit, but for live you'll want projection. I've recorded at home and the drums come off deeper sounding than I thought they would. Once you get them in the ball park fine tune by ear.

It's not uncommon to find a rod that runs a little higher reading. Don't worry about that. Seems to be the nature of the beast.

I hope that helps.
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Old 12-16-2007, 06:00 PM
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I agree. I thought that with reinforcement rings, they sound better at lower pitches. I had been using about 70-75, then fine tuning with my ear.

How do you tune them too their pitches marked in their shell?
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Old 12-17-2007, 07:21 PM
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How do you tune them too their pitches marked in their shell?
Some guys use a pitch pipe and others tune to a key board. The truth be told, I've tried it and don't seem to have the ear for it. Probably why I'm a drummer and not a guitarist.
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Old 12-18-2007, 04:58 PM
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I heard that..............................
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Old 12-30-2007, 02:45 AM
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I get the sound I want with a 73 over 77 on all my toms, and an 88 over 80 on the snare. I had to do a lot of trial-and-error experiments to decide what I liked and didn't like. This is what I like about the Drumdial, I can get my heads exactly where I like them with the dial, then tune them in by ear.
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