Snare Drum Tunung Fundamental Frequencies

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What is the correlation of low/mid/high tuning ranges and their corresponding frequencies or notes
Would G# be considered a medium tuning range for example?
 

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To my ear, a fundamental of E-F# is low, G and G# medium to medium high, and A and above high.
 

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What size is the drum?
Standard assumption would be 14" but there are other sizes out there that would affect the tuning range.
 

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I set my Acrolite to 229 hz. Top lugs. 343 hz. Bottom lugs. Gives you a 3rd octave F. Nice round warm tone.
I start with a pitch that I want. let's say G3. I then get all my lugs to sound the same using tapping and my ear.
Then I hit the middle of the snare to get the fundamental frequency.. I then tinker with the batter head,
The reso is always cranked up high... I do not measure the frequency.

Just for the heck I will tension my acro to the same specs as yours... and see what I get.
 

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Hm. I have always tensioned my snare drums for feel and snare response, never pitch. I don't even think about the pitch unless I hear something quirky and I will check the pitch at each batter head lug and bring them around but, otherwise, it is all about ease of playing and rebound, not pitch. I always end up in a high range regardless of the drum.
 

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I run singles between my bass, toms, and snare with the throw disengaged. If they sound pleasant together, then it’s in tune. I have no interest in any one drum being at a certain note.
 

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on a related tangent, how do they sound out front? ... is there a similar effect as with tuning toms, in that higher tones (to our ears behind the kit) sound lower out front?

case in point: I assembled a snare that to me behind the kit sounded like crap. I'd bring it to rehearsals that I recorded and I'm thinking "is this the same snare I was playing?"
 

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On a shallow drum, low tuning might be a bit quieter unmic'ed.
In my expereince you get maximum projection using medium tuning. Snare tension should also be medium , letting the tone come through, a bit like a noise gate.
 

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On a shallow drum, low tuning might be a bit quieter unmic'ed.
In my expereince you get maximum projection using medium tuning. Snare tension should also be medium , letting the tone come through, a bit like a noise gate.
Are you still D on the batter over G on the snare side for a final [sharp] G?
 

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