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Music Production: Recording by Carlos Lellis

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DRUM TUNING AND TIMBRE

It is not uncommon for engineers or assistants to be required to replace heads and tune drums in recording studios.

The following steps outline head replacement and drum tuning procedures:

•    Remove the rim of the drum and the head to be replaced.

•    Check the drum shell (particularly the hoop) and make sure it is not warped.

•    Clean the hoop with a dry cloth.

•    Check the sound of the new head (tap on it and check that its tone is not ‘dead’)

•    Place the new head onto the hoop (do not force it).

•    Place the rim over the new head and insert tension rods.

•    Tighten the tension rods as far as possible ...

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