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As the name suggests this is cast from molten metal into a mould (die) which is the exact shape and size of the finished rim. This is a very solid piece of hardware and it resonates a a unit which gives greater attack and a sharper more 'brittle' sound to the drum
There is limited flex within the hoop and it is more inclined to show up any inconsistencies in the bearing edge, head and your tuning than you would find with a flanged hoop.
When the drum is struck, lateral vibrations move across the head and hit the hoop, as it is constructed from a solid piece of metal, the sound is not absorbed and is reflected back in towards the centre of the drum again, giving increased overtones and clarity. Die-cast hoops are a love/hate thing, many drummers love the extra ring and bite that it gives them, it certainly facilitates high tuners who want that high more ringy sound, others find them too cutting, it is very much a matter of personal taste.
The other point to consider is that Die-casts will have less of a rebound than a flanged hoop, the head will feel 'harder' requiring increased control by the player.
It is most common to see Die-cast hoops on snare drums as they lend themselves to this type of sound more than rack toms, however some manufacturers such as Gretsch and Premier have used die-casts all around their kits for many years.