Review – RTOM LV Practice Drumheads
Here’s our latest review from our sister-site Drummer’s Review featuring a selection of RTOM LV Practice Mesh Heads.
Filmed September 2023 (scroll down for recording & equipment details).
- 22″ bass drum head,
- 10″ & 12″ rack tom heads,
- 16″ floor tom head,
- 14″ snare head,
- centre dot for reinforced attack and durability.
UK RRP: Beginner’s Pack (22″,10″,12″,14″,16″) – £162.00
RTOM Says…”Similar to comparable mesh heads, LV Mesh Heads replace your existing acoustic heads to allow for low-volume drumming. But that’s where the similarities end. LV Mesh Heads feature a specially designed sound patch at the center of the head, which enhances the realism of the response and provides a more audible attack. And, like the Black Hole Practice System, their heavy-duty mesh material offers unparalleled durability.
LV Mesh Heads are an exceptional option for drummers on a budget who want to outfit their entire kit with a high-quality, low-volume practice solution.”
For more details, head to: www.rtom.com
Filmed at Paul Caboche Studios (Cornwall UK).
Over Head wide: AKG C414B (pair)
Centre Over Heads: AEA R88 MK2 Stereo Ribbon Mic
Front Centre Room : AEA R88 MK2 Stereo Ribbon Mic
Wide Room Mic’s: sE2200T Tube Mic’s (pair)
Microphone Pre amps: 16x Rupert Neve Designs 5052
Pre amp outs to Avid HD analog to digital converters connected to Avid HDX card
Recorded into Pro Tools Ultimate latest version running HDX cards mounted in an Apple Mac Pro 2019 16core.
Audio Template Details:
Basic EQ setting using the EQ section of the Neve 5052 mic Pre-Amps. No post recoded EQ or processing applied.
A Note From Paul…
“The microphones were set up with the overheads and room mic’s measured to the centre of the snare drum to keep the phase of any stereo pair in phase. The AEA R88 MK2 mic’s being stereo mic’s had no issue with phase but the front centre room mic and centre overhead where aligned with each other to keep the same stereo image. The phase reverse switch on the front kick mic was used to correct the phase between the two bass drum mic’s. The phase reverse switch was engaged on the bottom snare mic to correct the phase between the two snare mic’s. The live room of the studio has been treated to provide a neutral sound close to the drums & cymbals with the room mic’s then giving a true representation of what the instruments sound like in the room. Using 16 identical Mic Pre amps also helps with electrical phase so there is no difference between tone and phase of the Mic Pre amps. The brief for the recoding was to give as true a representation as possible of what the instruments actually sound like.”
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