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Does anyone have recommended fundamental frequencies for a 5 tom setup using something like the iTuneDrums app or Tunebot

22" kick and 10, 12, 14, 16 rack toms and 18" floor tom.

Just looking for starting point. Here's what iTuneDrums recommended but some of the intervals seem close.
 

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C- 32
A- 55
D- 73
F- 87
B- 123
D- 146
Snare could be 164, 174 or even 220.

Frank is right.
 

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Snare could be 164, 174 or even 220.

Frank is right.
What are your numbers? They don't look like frequencies? My 18 is currently very low at 65
 

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appears to be reverse engineering.
start with a number and work backwards.
 

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I generally start with the highest tom, figure out what the note it is closest to is , tune it to that note, and see if it sounds good. For me, I like my 10” at a D3, 146 HZ fundamental. From there I will tune the lower toms to either Major third or perfect 4th intervals, depending on how much spread you like and whether the low toms still sound good at the lowest of the tunings. Right now I have these frequencies (spaced 4ths apart) and it’s a very tonal type sound a la Gavin Harrison.

Here is an interval calculator also to make it easier.

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I generally start with the highest tom, figure out what the note it is closest to is , tune it to that note, and see if it sounds good. For me, I like my 10” at a D3, 146 HZ fundamental. From there I will tune the lower toms to either Major third or perfect 4th intervals, depending on how much spread you like and whether the low toms still sound good at the lowest of the tunings. Right now I have these frequencies (spaced 4ths apart) and it’s a very tonal type sound a la Gavin Harrison.

Here is an interval calculator also to make it easier.

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Awesome. Exactly what I was looking for. How do you think you would adjust if you added an 18 to your setup. Mine sounds pretty good at 65hz now. Not sure if it would start sounding papery if I go a lot lower
 

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Awesome. Exactly what I was looking for. How do you think you would adjust if you added an 18 to your setup. Mine sounds pretty good at 65hz now. Not sure if it would start sounding papery if I go a lot lower
You could do the inverse and start at the lowest and go up from there in whatever interval sounds good to your ears.
Here is a link to the actual note frequencies in HZ, so with the interval calculator above, you can easily see what your intervals and the corresponding HZ reading would be.
 

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Fourth intervals are often used with 10, 12, 14 setups .
The larger the toms get, the less of a difference those two inches make though, so I might not continue tuning the larger ones, 16 and 18, a fourth lower.
For a fusion-type sound, I would go:
10" f ~174Hz
12" c
14" g/ab
16" d/eb
18" Bb/C

On a bop kit, the octave between 12" and 18" is a good reference for me, so I would probably stick to this here. With this scheme, the larger drums are not tensioned looser than the high ones; I rather feel all the drums are tensioned similarly, and the dimensions create the pitch difference.
 


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