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The Recording Drums Series
Having said that, it is important to keep an eye on the condition of your drum heads as the session progresses. Here's what to look for:
1) Clear heads - if you use clear heads on either your toms or your snare, look for excessive denting. If the heads are dented, you're past the point of the lugs being able to retain even tension across the head.
2) Coated heads - If the white coating has been worn so that the clear or translucent head shows through, it's time for a change.
If you're not in a position to change your heads before you record, refer to the guidelines above to assess the condition of your existing heads. If your existing heads are still in good shape, then by all means use them. If they're in bad shape and you aren't in a position to change them, you should hold off on recording until you can. Yes, it's that important. There's no second chance once you've released your new record.
Part II - Tuning Toms
The procedures for tuning snare, kick, and toms are the basically same. The end results, however, are vastly different. Let's start with toms.
All of your drum heads will be tuned using a star-shaped rotation:
1) Pick a tension rod as your starting point. Using your fingers, tighten it until you can't turn it with your fingers (do not use a drum key at this point).
2) Move to the tension rod opposite your starting point and do the same.
3) Move to the next tension rod, finger tighten, then go to the one opposite and continue that way around the drum.
4) Once you have finger tightened all the tension rods, it is time to pull out your drum key.
5) Using the same star pattern above, tighten each tension rod only until you feel pressure against the drum rim. Be very sure that you have equal pressure around the rim.
Head Condition cont'd