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Old 04-20-2012, 08:26 PM   #1
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Tight Tom Sound?

I've noticed that in a lot of metal and rock that the toms tend to sound tighter and smoother than what I'm used to playing. How do they get that sound?

I know UG isn't "dubstep-friendly", but this is a good video to demonstrate what I mean. Skip to 1:43.

EDIT: better link. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LM1D...feature=related
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Old 04-20-2012, 08:37 PM   #2
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I use this http://www.musiciansfriend.com/drum...ns-e-rings-pack to minimize overtones. I love em.
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Old 04-20-2012, 08:49 PM   #3
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Not listened to the link, but presumably you're on about the sort of toms in modern metal productions. Basically, it's having a looser batter head, with a tighter resonator head (it's important that the reso head is tighter, and not the same tension, or they'll ring out in sympathy) and then damp to taste, preferably with dampener rings or (preferable, but more common in the studio than live) ROTM Moon Gel.

The looser batter head gives a sharper, heavier attack with a quick decay, and the reso head gives depth but rings out less due to the higher tension. The batter head really needs to be only a few 1/2 turns beyond finger tight at the most, to get the proper effect. This is also the typical way to get a powerful, precise kick drum sound for metal with less of the boom associated with more old school sounds (i.e it's the opposite of the John Bonham sound, sustain-wise).
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Old 04-23-2012, 08:38 PM   #4
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Also, to add to the post above me. There is a lot of effects and signal processing happening, mainly gating and compression so help tighten up the sound and cut out any overtones.
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