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Old 10-07-2006, 04:33 PM   #1
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How to get this bass drum sound?

Hey guys,this is in the pit because there is no drum forum section..Uh, watch the intro to this video, , and listen to the bass.. How and what do they do to get that nice thumpy bass sound? I tried sticking blankets into my bass drums but it just sounds overly muted. Any help would be appreciated. And yes, spam will be reported.
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Old 10-07-2006, 04:37 PM   #2
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Old 10-07-2006, 04:43 PM   #3
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kinda sounds like a snair...but for a bass drum...weird
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Old 10-07-2006, 04:45 PM   #4
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try putting one pillow in the drum, and then resting a bag/another pillow against the outside skin thing on it (the bit that you don't hit).

'Tis a wild guess, but it might work.
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No, not the snare lol, I mean the THUMP THUMP THUMP THUMP sound, like a muffled bass drum. Ive googled it and everything, but I cant seem to find anything
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Old 10-07-2006, 04:46 PM   #6
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I think they trigger their drums and add that digitally.
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Old 10-07-2006, 04:47 PM   #7
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But it sounds like that live too
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Old 10-07-2006, 04:48 PM   #8
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try padding about 1/3 of either head... so probably only one blanket/pillow/whatever. its pretty ****ing muted as it already is. also, tighten your back head as much as possible, same with the front, but beware tightening the front too much because it will break/wear out VERY easily. failing that, try duct tape around the rims of the back head.

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try putting one pillow in the drum, and then resting a bag/another pillow against the outside skin thing on it (the bit that you don't hit).

'Tis a wild guess, but it might work.


wow... i never even thought of that... ive gotta give that one a try...

oh wait, what if you just taped a little cloth or something to the front head?
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Old 10-07-2006, 04:49 PM   #9
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Hmmm, I'm no drummer, but it sounds quite tight. So, maybe tighten the skins on the bass drum a bit. Then but a pillow inside. See what happens. I doubt anything will happen, but that was just a guess. Good luck with that.
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Old 10-07-2006, 04:50 PM   #10
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So tighten both the front and back, but tighten the back more? About how tight should the back be?
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Old 10-07-2006, 04:51 PM   #11
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well, ive been around drums and i can say

1) the treble may come from the snare. when the micd bass gets hit, the sound wave (thump) can resonate throught to the snare, hence inducing that trebly snare net sound.

2) I think they can use the plastic side of the drum kick head, instead of the felt covered part.
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Old 10-07-2006, 04:54 PM   #12
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About how tight should the back be?


as much as it needs to be to make the thing sound good. ive honestly not tried it before, but thats what i would try.
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Hey guys,this is in the pit because there is no drum forum section..Uh, watch the intro to this video, , and listen to the bass.. How and what do they do to get that nice thumpy bass sound? I tried sticking blankets into my bass drums but it just sounds overly muted. Any help would be appreciated. And yes, spam will be reported.

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Old 10-07-2006, 04:57 PM   #14
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Cut a hole in the front of the bass drum and put in some towels to mute it alot. Just make sure the towels mute the front skin and not the back one. The front is the one that resonates most so you need to muffle it. But cutting a hole in it might do it itself.

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Openings (or ports) in a bass drum resonant head are also forms of Treatment. Even if they are intended only for convenience in mic'ing, they do have a decided effect on the sound of the bass drum. A closed bass drum (no opening in the head) tends to have more resonance and sustain. It can have more low end, and particularly a low of low midrange frequencies, which can be an obstacle on stage or in the studio, as the bass drum can fight with the electric bass for room in he mix, even though it may sound phenomenal by itself. For that reason (as well as mic'ing convenience), very often a bass drum will have an opening of some sort. This is less common with smaller bass drums, such as an 18" diameter drum as is commonly used in Jazz. The closed bass drum sound is part of this style, and the smaller drums typically don't fight with the bass instrument as much.

In general, the smaller the opening, the more resonance the drum will have. An opening in the center of the drum may commonly have less low end and more beater attack than an off-center opening. This is a matter of personal choice, and you should listen to both before choosing. The trend in recent years among manufacturers is to put a small (typically 4"-6") off-center opening in their resonant heads. Ten years ago, pre-cut openings were typically larger and more centered. Today there is also a resurgence in closed heads. Again, a matter of personal preference. Be aware that most drum stores will cut a head to your choice of size and placement. You can also do this yourself.
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So tighten both the front and back, but tighten the back more? About how tight should the back be?

I'm not sure how tight the back should be. Only reason I suggested tightening it was the fact that I thought that if you tighten the skin, it has less time to vibrate/resonate. That gives it the tight, punchy, muffled sound. At least thats what I would say. Sorry I can't say which I would tighten, how much to tighten, etc. Theres gotta be a few drummers on this site...
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Cut a hole in the front of the bass drum and put in some towels to mute it alot. Just make sure the towels mute the front skin and not the back one. The front is the one that resonates most so you need to muffle it. But cutting a hole in it might do it itself.



While this might work..Im gonna save it for last, just in case I do permanent damage to the head
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While this might work..Im gonna save it for last, just in case I do permanent damage to the head




I'm pretty sure all you do is take a coffee can, take off the lid, heat up the top of it on the stove and (safely) put it on the head where you want it to burn into afterwards removing it quickly. Even if you do screw up you can just buy a new one. And then you can have someone at the music store do it for you.
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