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    I stumbled onto the iDrumTuner app yesterday. The full version has to be purchased via the App Store, but there's a free "lite" version available to try. All the "lite" version does is register the fundamental pitch of the drum in Hz and give you a read out with respect to notes. The full version will also register individual lug pitch as well as other functions.

    That said, I found it to work VERY WELL. You still need to understand how to tune a drum, but as far as registering the free fundamental pitch, it's easy to use and accurate. The developer used special algorithms to filter out overtones. I thought I had my 10" & 13" toms tuned to a 5th, but it just didn't sound exactly right. I tested them using the App, and it said I was 1/2 step flat on the 13" and almost a whole step too high on the 10". I found it hard to believe my ears were that far off, but adjusted them using the App and target frequencies. Once I had them retuned, I tested them by ear....and sure enough, they sounded great. I'll be buying the full App....and it's dirt cheap.
    Anyone with an iPhone should check it out. Here's a screen shot;
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    iv been using a for a few years

    it works especially when my ears are thrashed out after a long day.

    end of the day the best app i have is still me own ears

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    I use it too. Cool little app.
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    Isn't it funny how some of the best sounding drums came out of the '50's, '60's, and '70's when all you had was 1 company making heads and your ears.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rickthedrummer View Post
    Isn't it funny how some of the best sounding drums came out of the '50's, '60's, and '70's when all you had was 1 company making heads and your ears.
    Agreed, I've seen dozens of tuning gadgets come and go. Never tried any of them. I know how I want my drums to sound and I trust my ears. I'm sure the app is good if you need to tune your drums to a certain note but I find each drum will tell you the pitch at which it sounds best.

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    Got a Tunebot, and although I know how to tune, I found it was helpful.

    FYI was listening to a Modern Drummer podcast about tuning and one of the things we don't realize when we tune "just with our ears" is that our ears are not equidistant from each drum, or even each lug, which can affect "perceived" pitch.

    As for older drum recordings sounding better, that is an opinion not everyone holds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kaosotis View Post
    Got a Tunebot, and although I know how to tune, I found it was helpful.

    FYI was listening to a Modern Drummer podcast about tuning and one of the things we don't realize when we tune "just with our ears" is that our ears are not equidistant from each drum, or even each lug, which can affect "perceived" pitch.

    As for older drum recordings sounding better, that is an opinion not everyone holds.

    "Perceived pitch"

    Are you going to worry about "perceived pitch", on a instrument that, if moved 10' forward, backward, or to the side, the sound will change. Moved from 1 venue that holds 200 people to a venue that holds 350 people, the "perceived pitch" will change quickly, and sometimes drastically.

    As for older recordings. I would suggest that 1 revisit those years, remembering that, by todays standards, the equipment they were recorded on would be considered "primitive" compared to what's available today. Keeping that in mind, the drummers of that era got a better sound out of their drums with nothing more than Remo's and a tuning key.

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    Thanks for posting this Brian. I was about to shell out $99 for a Tune-Bot but I'll look into buying the full app. for my phone.

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    I just downloaded the app as we are putting all new heads on our kit tomorrow, thanks for the tip!
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