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FDP Forum / I'd Hit It! - Drums and Percussion / Awfull sounding kick drum



Mar 10th, 2011 09:58 AM   Edit   Profile  

I need help. My drummers bass drum sounds terrible and I'm not sure how to tell him without causing a rift. The drum is way to loose and boomy. So boomy, in fact, that it muddies up the entire stage. Instead of a nice, tight, ballsy thump....it sounds like a thunderstorm. Kinda like banging on a piano with the sustain pedal duck-taped to the floor.

Obviously...he either likes the way it sounds or doesn't know any better. I'm not a drummer, I'm a guitar player/leader that's trying to tighten the sound of our band and this over-tone, over sustain bass drum sound is killin' us. Can any of you give me some suggestions on how to help him improve the sound of his kick drum. Tuning tutorials, some sort of mute? I know in the old days, some guys would actually toss a pillow inside the drum and with a mic and proper EQ..would sound great! We have not disscussed yet. He's a good dude and I don't want to hurt his feelings or piss him off but I thought I would try to get some solutions before we have a sit down.

Any suggestions or thoughts would be appreciated.




Mar 10th, 2011 01:15 PM   Edit   Profile  

Never mind.....I just found more than I need to know on you tube. My drummer must not use any damping at all in his drum. Gonna have to offer a suggestion. What's got me concerned though is that an experienced drummer should already know about damping.

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So. Cal. USA

Mar 24th, 2011 03:59 PM   Edit   Profile  

Buy him an emad batter head for his kick drum as a gift. Then tighten up his resonant head a bit. Totally cool way to not piss him off & be a good friend/leader.

MacReverb II
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Watervliet, NY

May 16th, 2011 06:31 PM   Edit   Profile  

And when he tells you to dump your amp and get one he likes will you? I too prefer a loose boomy bass drum. If a band member told me to dampen my bass drum I'd put a stick in his ear.



Jul 17th, 2011 05:44 PM   Edit   Profile  

Could sound terrible to you and amazing to him. It's all opinion. When I was drumming in a band, sound guys hated me because I used an un-ported front bass drumhead tuned up so it was really big and boomy (Think Bonham). I NEVER use any kind of dampening on my drums. Why would I want my drums to sound really stacatto?

Big booming drums are great.

Blues Beat
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Southern Florida

Sep 27th, 2011 05:29 AM   Edit   Profile  

I dampen at practice/rehearsal, then open it a little at a gig.

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