How To EQ Toms

Easy Drumming That Sounds Hard

In this free drum lesson, you’ll learn important concepts in a step-by-step approach with DrumLessons.com sound engineer Victor Guidera and Jared Falk, for the EQuing of top and bottom microphones on a four-tom set.

It’s important that you take the time to learn how to mic your toms properly, and learn about common technical terms and theory behind drum set miking for both live and studio settings, before you watch this free video drum lesson on tom EQuing. You can educate yourself about these subjects by watching the free video drum lessons “How To Mic Toms” and “Drum Set Mic Technique Overview“. The knowledge you’ll acquire from those free drum lessons will prove to be invaluable as you learn how to EQ toms.

As soon as you’re done with this free drum lesson on EQuing toms, pick and choose between the free drum lessons “How To EQ A Bass Drum“, “How To EQ A Snare Drum“, and “How To EQ Overheads And Cymbals” to learn how to EQ the other instruments on your drum set.




  • Johnny Stinks says:

    Thanks for great videos. I started my music/studio again hobby after 18 years. I learned so much new from your postings! From tuning the drums to recording them! Greetings from Finland.

  • len aldous says:

    do you eq the drums before recording? I have a mackie 16 ch mixer, should I run through that before my yamaha 16 dig recorder?

  • Brayan says:

    I read a great tip about how to decide where to place a mic. You need to BE the mic. no no, don’t have your brain reomved. just do the following for an omni, cover one ear and move around the source till you find the sound you’re looking for. for a cardioid, do the same but cover one ear and cup the other with your hand, to scoop the sound into your ear. for a stereo arangement (x/y or ortf, i suppose would be the best match) cup both ears.i thought this made alot of sense. any thoughts? (credit goes to Bobby Owsinsky, btw.)

  • Darryn Lamont says:

    Hey Victor, can you help me with choosing a good quality mixer to be used in my church?
    We are upgrading from nun powered to powered speakers and a mixer but don’t know what is a good mixer to purchase.

    one of the main features needed is 24-32 channels

    we’ll be purchasing two of these speakers> (MAIN) Electro Voice ELX115P

    and two> (SUBS)- Electro Voice ELX118P

    what are your thoughts on the above mentioned speakers?

    Thank you in advance for your advice on a good quality mixer.


  • Zach Frazier says:

    This video lesson was so awesome, it answered so many question that I had. You guys rock keep on doing what you doing.

  • jimmy says:

    I’d like to know what equipment you guys use. What preamps, mixer, monitors, etc., as well as the software you’re using. I am in the process of trying to set up my own home studio and am curious as to you’re approach to capturing the sound “on tape” so to speak.

    Thanks a lot and keep up the good work.

  • Adrian says:

    What was the song at the end?!
    Oh! ..and I really enjoyed the video. You’re right, invaluable information.

  • nick says:

    hi I am very curious about your tom sound because on my kit when I hit the tom , I can hear my snare at the same time it like a buzzing and I dont know why can you guy help me ?

    Thank you freedrumlesson I love your drumclass it very help me alot !

  • Cristian says:

    I have hear that the best are Pro Tools and Cubase, but I use Audacity, it don’t that massive collection of effect but it’s free

    • Code1 says:

      I dont think you can do EQing in AudaCity. This freeware cant even compare to the other programs you mentioned like Cubase etc.

  • Lucas says:

    What audio software are you using? Will Cakewalk Music Creator 5 be good?

    • Victor Guidera says:

      We mainly use Logic, but for some edits we use Protools. Cakewalk should be fine for tracking your drums. Any software that can utilize your computer properly and multi-track will be sufficient.

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