Kick Drum Tuning

I looove the sound of an amazing kick drum. And usually it’s not by accident. There is a method to getting great sounding kick drum, part drummer, part engineer. Today we’ll cover the drummer part.

I like big drums!! Sorry, I just can’t make a 20″ kick drum sound huge. I like 24″ and 26″ kicks. I’ve found that the maple ones sound better to my ear than the birch ones, although some would argue with me. That’s just what works for me.

I like the powerstroke 3 head on the batter side. I also like a thicker head for the front side. Oftentimes the mylar heads that come standard on the front side of the kick are too thin, and the front side of the kick is very important, albeit, often overlooked in the importance of the overall kick sound. That’s a really long way of saying, don’t get a crappy front head. You’ll be scratching your head to try and figure out why you kick drum sounds so thin. The air has to get past that head before it hits the mike.

The front, batter head combinations that are out there, generally work very well. I just like Remo. They are like levi’s to me, comfortable.

I generally use plastic beaters with the flam pad, they don’t make a huge difference in sound, but they make a huge difference in how long the head lasts. And the engineer will eq the drum anyway, so if there is too much top from that combination, he or she will adjust.

Another note. I never put toms on mounts that are mounted to the kick drum. I like the kick drum to be ‘free floating’ without anything dampening it. So my tom mounts are mounted onto cymbal stands. I think this is important.

Tell me what works for you and why u think it does. I would love to hear your thoughts!!

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