Drum Tuner EZ assist you to make tuning drums:
〉 Ridiculously EASY
〉 Epically FAST
〉 Rad ACCURATE
〉 Dirt CHEAP
It's wickedly simple:
JUST HIT & TUNE AWAY!
DRUM TUNER EZ SPECIFICATIONS
‣ Hands-on, comprehensive & direct
‣ Bling-less (WYSIWYG)
‣ We put the UI in 'intUItion'
‣ Swift tuner response with a pitch resolution up to 1 Hz
‣ Accurate tuning results within a range of 30 Hz to 385 Hz
‣ Clear your head & reset!
‣ QUICKLY check the pitch near all lugs
‣ Get tuning feedback for 4, 5, 6, 8 or 10 lugs
‣ Visualize overtones in a clear & simple graph!
‣ Instant insight in your drum sound
‣ Knock yourself out tuning your drums with ease!
‣ Press SET & our patented KO-technology kills overtones ninja-style!
SHOW YOUR COLORS
‣ Tweak the UI color to your liking with a simple slide of your finger
‣ Adjust how your app responds to hits by tweaking the sensitivity of the microphone
〉 iPhone 4s and up
〉 iOS 8.0 and up
〉 iPads and iPods 3 and up, running iOS 8.0 and newer
For suggestions, bug reports, requests, please:
〉Mail to 'email@example.com'
〉〉〉 Added PITCH GRAPH feature
‣ This simple graph provides instant insight in your drum sound while tuning your drums!
‣ The pitch graph visualizes the main overtones and frequencies present in your drum sound for each hit...
Ratings and ReviewsSee All
Best two dollars I ever spent!
Really wonderful, simple app.
Allowed me to tune inexpensive toms, that had lots of overtones, into singing toms and give voice to previously muffled kick drum.
One must read or know beforehand what frequency toms should be tuned to.
I used free Tune-bot calculator and Tune-bot tuning guide to figure out.
Developer Response ,
Don’t buy If You Don’t Already Know How to Tune Drums
I am a guitarist and can play drums a little. I bought my grandson a set of drums, put new heads on them, then got this app in order to tune them. However, there are no instructions within the app that tell you how to use it. I even went online and viewed videos of people using this app, in which no one said anything and additional electronic equipment was used in conjunction with this app in order to tune various drums. I thought it was supposed to be easy. Hence, this app is useless to me, and I can’t get a refund either. A waste of time, effort and money.
Developer Response ,
The videos don't show the app "used in conjunction with additional electronic equipment".
Instead, those videos show how this +/- 2 USD app performs next to a +/- 100 USD drum tuner.
One that's familiar with electronic drum tuners may conclude that this app is performing well.
This app is lean and simple, but we acknowledge that basic tuning-knowledge is a prerequisite.
One may lack the drum tuning insight to use this one-button app.
At this budget, this drum tuner doesn't have the ambition to also be a course on drum tuning.
Nonetheless, we attempted to render the app self-evident to beginners. If it's not, we are happy to provide info and tips on how to use our drum tuner. (Its purchase doesn't have to remain perceived as waste.)
You/your grandson may still be able to enjoy the sound of the drums and tuning with the app after we provided support.
Please reach out with your questions to the support address in the app's description on the store. Thanks!
While it's common practice to tune guitars following a standardized tuning, there's no standardized way to tune drums. You can tune a drum how it sounds nice to you.
Tuning a drum is less "one-dimensional", compared to tuning a guitar because a drum's sound is the result of the interaction of both heads & the air.
Drumheads also behave differently from a guitar string when it comes down to overtones & timbre.
The main principle behind drum tuning is:
1) HIT CENTER with both heads vibrating freely to hear the fundamental tone of the drum. The fundamental tone is the result of the interaction of both heads vibrating simultaneously, the shell & the air. The heads may vibrate at different speeds when they're tensioned differently, while the trapped air inside a drum shell 'couples' both heads, lowering the tone. (Like in a bicycle pump, the air trapped inside the shell can't move freely outward and it's bumping against the bottom side of the drum heads, while they are moving inward and outward during their vibration. Because the air tries to resist compression while it's squeezed by the displacement of both vibrating heads, often at different speeds, it exerts counter-pressure that slows down the heads and couples some modes. One can say that the trapped air tries to 'sync' both heads, which ultimately happens when they aren't moving anymore.)
2) HIT NEAR LUG with the one drumhead muted to hear the lug pitch near the impact location. (Unlike with guitar strings, drumheads produce inharmonic overtones. From time to time, these interfere when hitting near a lug. If that happens, it's annoying. Hit again, or pick another lug. Using a mallet can help, and placing the drum on a flat surface too.)
3) KILLING OVERTONES & FINE-TUNING. Detect a correct lug pitch & press "SET TARGET" to set the lug pitch as "tuning target". Clear all lugs to target in small steps per lug.
A quick & dirty way to start:
1) Begin with a slack head & gently press it in the center.
2) Keep light pressure and tighten all lugs evenly until all wrinkles just start to disappear. Follow a star-pattern at first to ensure even seating.
3) Repeat for both heads. Check the sound, both heads will be at a similar tension now.
These are some elementary rules of thumb:
For (floor) toms: your typical (floor) tom sounds cool for rock/pop when tensioned above wrinkling.
You can tune the heads up & down.
Don't tune the heads too low. Avoid that they are too slack to resonate properly.
Also, don't tune them too tight, so they aren't too rigid to resonate properly.
Stay in between.
You can tune both heads further apart in tension by leaving one head looser while only tightening the other.
This will affect the dynamics of the sound, the tone & timbre.
The playing feel will change as well. For example: tune the batter head tighter than the reso head for more attack emphasis and stick rebound/articulation.
For a snare drum: it generally works better when you crank the reso head much tighter than the batter head. The ring-sound of the snare drum mainly consists of the lug pitch of the batter head. It's important that it's well-cleared to get that balanced ring-sound.
For a kick drum: keep the batter head slack. You could go until "almost rattling loose" rods if you wish, but not so slack that it doesn't rebound the beater well. Tune the reso higher to help the beater's rebound and promote 'tone' at the audience's side. (Mute the kick's reso head with damping material to attenuate higher overtones.)
It may be nice to tune to ballpark estimates as a guide when you don't feel comfortable following your gut feel for the overall sound. There's "Drumtune PRO", a more advanced app at a higher price point, and a free app of "Tunebot".
Both apps provide estimates for tuning drum heads to reach a target fundamental tone.
For a person at the start of the tuning-journey, it takes experimenting to become enough familiar with the instrument at hand to know which tones & lug pitches are best selected.
Thus we'd encourage following your gut feel at first to develop awareness.
Roughly keep track of the pitches while exploring, to get insight into the pitch of the heads.
Adjust both heads while listening to how the overall sound feels. When you arrive in the sound range you enjoy, fine-tune the heads by clearing them with the app. This gets your drum sounding at its best.
Once mastered, there's a myriad of sounds you can get out of the same drum with the same heads.
You might want to look into buying a 75-100 USD mechanical tuning aid like a "Drum dial" or "Tension watch." You may feel better about such an investment. These tools require little insight into drum tuning. They help to tension heads +/- evenly around their circumference.
Different tools offer different approaches to drum tuning. Each approach has benefits and drawbacks.
Reach out if you wish to put in the further effort. We'll put effort into providing further support. Thanks!
Does not work!
Does not work! This program does not work on my iPhone 8 Plus. Give me back my money!
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- EXALTD CO., Limited
- 26.4 MB
- Requires iOS 8.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 8.0 or later.
- Requires macOS 11 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip.
- Age Rating
- © 2018 EXALTD CO., LTD
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.