Drum Tuning Bible

yammyfan

Senior Member
Well I use the actual drum dial. If you look up some instructions from drum dial on you tube that may help. When people say table top tight that means absolutely nothing to me. One thing it does do for you it gets you consistent. I mean if you want a lower or higher tone you have a reference point. Half way decent or cheap drums, some common sense and I think you might like it. Good luck.
The Drum Dial is okay, but it pales in comparison to the Tune-Bot. It's better than nothing but if you really want great sounding drums, the Tune-Bot is the way to go.

This is coming from a past (and present) Drum Dial owner. It's no contest.
 

GOOSE72

Well-known member
The Drum Dial is okay, but it pales in comparison to the Tune-Bot. It's better than nothing but if you really want great sounding drums, the Tune-Bot is the way to go.

This is coming from a past (and present) Drum Dial owner. It's no contest.

Yammy you do whatever you want most tune by ear way before that bot was around or the dial. So yeah Appreciate you!!
 

yammyfan

Senior Member
Yammy you do whatever you want most tune by ear way before that bot was around or the dial. So yeah Appreciate you!!
Absolutely, and thanks.

I've been playing drums off and on for 40 years and tuned by ear for most of them. The Drum Dial was an improvement for sure but then the Tune-Bot came along and changed everything.

One is like a hand grenade and the other is like a cruise missile. :)
 
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Auspicious

Well-known member
I was aware of the existence of the dial only before today, but I never used one. The discussion "sheared" into an unexpected direction with the Tune-Bot.

New technology I wasn't aware of came in.. I am not always a fan of technology but this time, after watching the tutorial, it looked like a magic show of fine tuning to me.

I just can't pass on it.

We will see soon.
 

GOOSE72

Well-known member
I was aware of the existence of the dial only before today, but I never used one. The discussion "sheared" into an unexpected direction with the Tune-Bot.

New technology I wasn't aware of came in.. I am not always a fan of technology but this time, after watching the tutorial, it looked like a magic show of fine tuning to me.

I just can't pass on it.

We will see soon.


Good luck with whatever you choose.
 

Auspicious

Well-known member
Good luck with whatever you choose.

Thanks GOOSE72, I will try to make the most of it, a device by itself is not everything, I still need to develop some talent at this too and this is not at all a success so far. ?

The heads on my drums, the tuning dates from 5 years ago. Back then, I found a specific pitch with a piano I had, I think it was tuned around a "G"
but I hardly remember how I did it today, I'll need to re learn.

Maybe all this is inside the bible that I haven't started reading yet.

I still need to figure that out before I even use the Tune-Bot. ?
 

GOOSE72

Well-known member
I got two paragraphs in and realized that with intel like this I'll be teaching my workshop for a long time.

Let's start with this - first, you don't tune a drum - you tension it. Second you don't tune a drum - you tension a series of drums to a desirable intervals (and this was mentioned)

The comments regarding die cast and triple flange hoops are simply not accurate.

This is just one individual's ideas and notions. Nothing to get caught up in.

Wow. Opinions vary.
 

Auspicious

Well-known member
I read the bible a bit but so far I am not hooked too much either... not sure I am going to make it my primary reference right now. But i'll see later.
 

Elvis

Silver Member
I read the bible a bit but so far I am not hooked too much either... not sure I am going to make it my primary reference right now. But i'll see later.
You realize the Bible was never meant to read from beginning to end, like a book, but rather as a reference guide, where you search the section that applies to your issue, then read that part.
....of course, no law to say you can't read it from start to finish...just it wasn't intended to be used that way.

Elvis
 

feedtaleone

New member
I'm just wondering if anyone can lead me towards info that might serve as a guide/templet to tuning pitches using the tune bot on a reference and black panther . Iv tuned them to ear and love the sound of the coated resos( I know this isn't a norm) but it's a lovely warm tone with a reduction on overtones and sustain. Which I like but I'm not married to, it was just for the hell of it. For fun and experimenting il be changing heads around to finally get to play with the drums. get-vidmate.com instasave.onl
 
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yammyfan

Senior Member
I'm just wondering if anyone can lead me towards info that might serve as a guide/templet to tuning pitches using the tune bot on a reference and black panther . Iv tuned them to ear and love the sound of the coated resos( I know this isn't a norm) but it's a lovely warm tone with a reduction on overtones and sustain. Which I like but I'm not married to, it was just for the hell of it. For fun and experimenting il be changing heads around to finally get to play with the drums.
This is an interesting read: Drum Nuts (& Bolts): Tuning drums with Tune-bot (drumnutsandbolts.com)

So far, I've found Perfect 4ths between toms to be the best and most natural sounding interval. Call To Post was interesting but not my all-time favourite.
 

Elvis

Silver Member
I had a 22/12/13/16 kit at one time and the band I was in then was doing some recording. During a break the keyboardist asked me what pitches I set my drums to
I told him I don't do it that way. I go for feel and a nice round sound and leave it at that, so we decided to experiment.
I played one tom until he could find the complimenting note on his keyboard.
I forget the exact notes, but I remember the conclusion was that the 3 toms were tuned to the 3 most common keys used in pop music.
Our conclusion was, regardless of what song I was playing, SOMETHING was likely going to compliment the key the song was written in.
We both found that a very interesting conclusion. Could be why the most common tom set-ups are 12/13/16.
 

scottser

Junior Member
Not to come across too much of an ignoramus but the I've always felt much of the DTB is convoluted and irrelevant. I use a drum dial to get each lug evenly tensioned then adjust the batter by ear to a nice balance with the resonant side. Its not rocket science.
 
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