Low, medium and high snare tuning

Pootle

Member
Snare drum demos on You Tube are often catergorised as low, medium and high tunings. Can somebody tell me the general definition of these catergories either by drum dial settings or just number of key turns and would this apply to both heads.

Thanks in advance.
 

Odd-Arne Oseberg

Platinum Member
Apart from staying inside a range where a particular drum sounds good, there is none.

Thy're just trying to give you a general idea of a drum's character and capabilities. If you've played and twisted the lugs on a few drums it should give you an idea of what a drum can do. There are no set parameters and there's certanly a lot more you can do to a drum.
 

Old Dog new Cans

Senior Member
Apart from staying inside a range where a particular drum sounds good, there is none.

Thy're just trying to give you a general idea of a drum's character and capabilities. If you've played and twisted the lugs on a few drums it should give you an idea of what a drum can do. There are no set parameters and there's certanly a lot more you can do to a drum.
It's definitely a generalization. One man's low tuning may be another's medium. SO MANY, just, crank it. The snare drum is much more versatile than what some think.
You have to experiment. Start with the absolute loosest low tuning. Barely tighten the head so there are no wrinkles, just hand tighten as much as you can then add a 1/2 drum key turn. Just tool around with it. Some drums will sound great cranked and spanked! Others will have horrific overtones and vibrations going on--you'll want to cover it with gaff tape or moon gels to shut it up. So each drum has it's range of goodness I'll call it.

Good luck, have fun, experiment.
 
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