I get asked a good bit about dampening options and what's the best product. Here's another trick to dampen your rack tom.
When I'm in the studio tracking, sometimes it's easiest to just grab a roll of gaff tape to find the sound we're looking for. Other times, I use drumtacs a good bit, the snare weight, and of course, the Big Fat Snare Drum.
Snare Stand-up Tom-edian
As you've probably noticed, I use a snare stand to hold my rack tom. A lot of you probably do as well, as this method has become quite popular. Try turning the adjustment for the basket to where it cradles your tom a little tighter and listen as it dampens the sound of that rack tom. Or, if you drum is too dead, loosen it up a bit to get a little more resonance. If you do this you might not even need tape, gels, dots, rigs, tacs or big fat anythings! Give it a shot and let me know what you think in the comments below.