Udo Masshoff's Tips on Drum Tuning
The drums “don’t sound”? Often the reflexive grip on the tape follows or the drummer hands over the responsibility to the sound engineer. It doesn’t have to be! In Udo Masshoff’s Drumsound School we look at the “trouble spot” drums, how to approach the topic of voices, what should be considered with heads and which drum sizes are recommended for which sound ideas.
Why is tuning a drum so important?
A drum that is not tuned doesn’t provide a good feel, nor does it let you exploit your skills as a drummer or sound engineer. On the contrary, you limit your possibilities by half before you even start.
“Dead” drums are hard to play and block true virtuosity. A taped or detuned drum prevents unity between musician and instrument. Body and drum can’t resonate, the flow is off, your inspiration doesn’t echo.
In addition, the sound of untuned drums denies itself to the microphone and clean recording.
For this reason many musicians castrate the sound of the drums with Duct Tape, Moongel or pre-damped heads and leave the sound of their instrument to the sound engineer, who can only get a limited amount out of it. But the sound of your drum should be your part, right?
Last but not least, the most important thing: Your music deserves to sound good! With the method developed by Udo Masshoff you can tune your drum to perfection in less than 2 minutes! The system is so simple that even your grandma could do it.
In the Drumsound School we offer workshops and personal coaching as well as video tutorials, which are available as DVDs, downloads or in streaming format. Just have a look at our shop.
What we offer at Drumsound School
Udo teaches you personally how to get the best sound out of your drums.
As an alternative to the workshop, Udo's tips on drum sound are also available on video.
Udo trains sound engineers and producers in dealing with (untuned) drums in the studio.
Thank you so much Udo Masshoff for this incredible and sexy trick! Just changed my life. Everything's crystal-clear now.
Great drums, great philosophy, great videos...Masshoff Drums rulez.
This is the most useful drum instruction video I've ever seen. Thank you.
Super cool trick for live and recording gigs. Pulls out every possible tone from the snare with minimal effort!
I just used his snare tuning method on a oak shell for a studio recording and it blew me away how dry and thick the tone was. The recording engineer was stoked, less work for him 😁