Tensioning mesh heads on electronic drum kits is essential to achieve the desired feel and response. However, the specific tension may vary depending on your personal preferences and the make and model of your electronic drum kit. Here are some general guidelines to help you with tensioning the mesh heads:
Start with Even Tension
Once the head and hoop are seated evenly on the drum, use your fingers to tighten the mesh heads rather than using excessive force. Finger tighten each tension rod evenly around the head until each tension rod is snug. Over-tightening can lead to premature wear and might not necessarily improve the drum's response.
Avoid Wrinkles or Creases
As you tension the mesh heads, ensure there are no wrinkles or creases on the surface. Smooth out any imperfections to maintain consistent triggering.
The mesh heads should have a responsive rebound, meaning they should bounce back naturally after you strike them. Adjust the tension until you find the right balance of bounce that suits your playing style.
Aim for consistency across all the drums in your kit. While you might slightly adjust tension for specific drums (e.g., snare vs. toms), having a uniform feel can make it easier to transition between different pads.
Listen to the Sound
Pay attention to the sound produced by each drum pad. You may hear a flappy or sluggish sound if the tension is too loose. The sound might become unnatural or excessively clicky if it's too tight.
Ultimately, the tension you choose is a matter of personal preference. Some drummers prefer a looser feel, while others like a tighter response. Experiment with different tensions to find what works best for you.
Mesh heads can experience changes in tension over time due to usage and environmental conditions. Check and adjust the tension periodically to ensure optimal performance.
If you are unsure how to tension the mesh heads or have specific concerns about your electronic drum kit, consult the manufacturer's guidelines or contact their customer support for more information. Additionally, you can seek advice from experienced drummers or drum technicians who are familiar with electronic drum kits.