Matt Bo Eder
Bass drum on 1 & 3, snare drum on 2 & 4
Yes, we do that!Keep other instruments soft so you're not all competing/escalating the volume. A small amount of sound will fill the room.
Less attack, dominating tone, avoid mechanical muffling - interesting, never thought of this really. Thanks KIS, I'll try that!keep it simple said:With any super reflective space with vast internal volume & high vaulted ceiling, less is more. The least sound you can drive into the room whilst still encouraging tone to dominate is the key. All attack sources need to be muted or negated in some way. Larger drums, coated heads, tuned fairly high, wide open as possible, tuned short with significantly higher tensioned resonant heads than batter heads. Then it's all down to the player, & yes, something like a Vater Bomb & full tight resonant head to the bass drum will deliver the goods
Mechanical muffling just aids attack to dominate by diminishing tone in the balance = avoid
Absolutely!larryace said:This is a great question. Great advice from all so far. But at the end of the day, in addition to all the suggestions, it's up to the player to adjust their touch so they are capable of doing their thing, at literally a small fraction of their normal volume. It's playing to the room at the extreme difficulty level.