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Old 01-31-2013, 07:41 AM
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Default Re: Silly question about kick drum depth

The fashion or conventional wisdom on this forum is in favor of shallower kicks. It is the difference between focus on the heads or the air volume in the shell. The larger the air volume in the shell (the deeper the shell) the more it's behavior as a resonant cavity dominates. Shallow kicks "speak" predominately from the heads. Deeper kicks resonate as a system. It depends on how the various resonant frequencies of the heads (tuning and head design) work with the shell for a particular sound. Sometimes, one attribute will fight another and you get comments like deep kicks are slow, or shallow kicks have less punch. The trick is finding the combination that works for the sound you are after. Which is also highly affected by the room.
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