Discussion in 'Recording' started by Eddie, Oct 6, 2003.
What size is your favorite sounding floor tom when tracking?
I love a "14 floor. I tend to use it more than my "16. I just think it has a better tone and is easier to manage. You don't get all the "boom", just a nice low hit with plenty of tone.
I use DW's by the way, so the quality of my drums is not an issue!
Thank you Mike for your reply,I've been using a 16 for the only floor tom and I think you just fixed my problem
Just saw that I am a senior member, thats pretty damn scary !
I also like the 14" tom, but I had mine cut down so that I could use it as a rack tom. I no longer use the 13" tom and had it turned into a small field drum for marching.
I use 10",12",14" rack toms and 16",and 18" floor toms. For recording, I seldom use the 18" and I sometimes leave off the 10". I found that I didn't like the sound of going from the 12" to the 13". I like more contrasts so I like at least 2" difference between my tom sizes allowing a full step in tuning rather than a half step. (My cazy system but it works.) Sometimes when I'm gigging I travel with my smaller kit which has a 20" kick rather than my regular 22" and I don't bring any "floor" toms, I use my 14" rack tom mounted off of my cymbal stand in the place of the floor tom and use the 10" and 12" rack toms.
I find that I only use the 18" when I want to do mock tympani type of rolls and such or if I'm providing a heavier beat for rock
I have a studio kit with 8/10/12 hang toms and a deep 12" floor tom that sounds fabulous recorded. It tunes low but is very pronounced tone no flapping. Very clear.
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