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Old 09-15-2007, 11:15 PM
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Rotor Toms.

Is that the correct name for them? Haha, anyway I recently got a set of 3 rotor toms for free that my dad picked up from a mate of his, but you see I have no idea how to use them? Like what context are they usually used in? How would you use them? Where would you place them on the kit?

The only band I play in is an oldschool metal band ( Celtic Frost, Bathory, Venom are our main influences), so would they be much use here?

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Old 09-21-2007, 01:05 AM
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Re: Rotor Toms.

Actually...they are called Roto toms. But I can sure see where you would get the extra "r". As for whether they can be used for your band...Why not? It's just another sound to use, and because they are rotos, you can change pitch at the drop of a hat. Keep in mind the fact that they are heads suspended in a frame, so there isn't much projection. You will need to mic them. A friend used a kit back in the '70s that was kick, snare, and a whole bunch of rotos. It had a unique sound that was actually kind of cool...but he had to mic the s#$^ out of them.

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Old 09-24-2007, 09:42 AM
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Re: Rotor Toms.

Lol just mic them
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Old 09-24-2007, 06:35 PM
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Re: Rotor Toms.

I've got the same things on my kit. 4, 6, and 8 inch.

Personally, I put remo pinstripes on them, to really deaden the ping sound, then I tuned them up real high. I use them for effects sounds, like when playing Tool songs, or as a substitute for cowbells, but alas, they usually stay home from gigs as there is little need for them in my punk band.

I have seen guys in death metal bands using them before, usually set up to the left above the hats as a continuation of their toms.

Anyway, talk to your music shop guys about what heads to chuck on them and just mess around, you might be surprised what you come up with.
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Old 10-10-2007, 07:30 PM
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Re: Rotor Toms.

I am a huge fan of roto toms. They can be used in any style. I like using them for effects and some larger and more interesting sounding tom rolls.
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