“The SQ1 birch shells have that really big sound, with great versatility and full tone – even at lower tension ... these drums roar!”
“The new unique mounting system offers uninterrupted sustain that's controlled and full of that Sonor tone.”
Alexis Nuñez and Joshua Blackmore
Drum tuning techniques can be as individual and unique as each artist. We have asked some of our artists to provide some insight into their approach to tuning and their individual sound preferences.
“I use Remo coated Emperors on my toms, CS dot on my snares, and PST4 coated on my bass drum. As birch kits are more focused with less sustain I like to tune with little, if any, dampening.
Making the overall sound of the drums ideal for studio work.”
“In general I tune the toms bottom heads slightly higher than the top, always make sure that when I tap the tom with my finger I can hear a clear consistent tone!
When I need the vintage warm sound, I use the Evans Calftone 56 on all drums... and tune them higher and even on top and bottom heads!”
“When playing birch drums I've always got on a set of Vintage Emperor double ply heads as I've already got enough attack from the shells. On floor toms I like to detune a lug for a bit more texture in the sound and on my bass drum I'll detune the two left side lugs. With resonate heads I'll tune a set of clear Ambassadors a tone higher.”
For SQ1 I choose EVANS EC2/top and G14/bottom (both clear). They give me all the fat tone and sing, the way I desire to hear them. This head/shell combo has become a go-to lately, studio & live.
“With any recording I’ve done with birch drums, I've always used the combination of a single ply G1 Evans Batter Head and and an Evans resonant Bottom Head. From tuning the top and bottom head the same pitch, I always get a defined, well balanced tone with beautiful sustain from every birch drum used.”