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What to do with the 16 Tom?

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by vagelis, Dec 2, 2002.

  1. vagelis

    vagelis Guest

    I never like this 16 Tom in my recordings.
    I tried evry Mic but I still don't like it. It doesn't sond like a 16.
    Any suggestions?
  2. sign

    sign Guest

    Put a fresh decent head on it and make sure you have a resonant head on the bottom, no batter head there.

    Tune it, there are a number of ways to tune drums, but this is an easy one:

    Put your finger in the center of the bottom head and listen to the tone of the batter head near the edge by stroking softly with the stick near the tensioners.

    You will hear just overtones. Make sure you hear the same tone near all the tensioners, the head will produce a single tone now instead of the multiple tones a mistuned head will produce.

    Tune the resonant head a tad higher or lower than the batter head.

    Take a Sennheiser MD421 or 441, an Electro Voice RE20, a AKG C1000, D12 or C414, and there are tons of other mics that will give you a great floortom sound.

    Hope this helps.

    Peace, Han

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