Thanks for the input everyone!
Originally Posted by KarlCrafton
I'd try different mic positions. A few inches one way or another can make a difference (try a few different beaters too).
Also, when you are are doing a mic check, make sure you are hitting the drum with the same force every time. If it's soft, hard, kinda fluttering, you aren't going to capture how it really sounds.
The clip without the pillow sounded better to me. It might have been a little clicky, but it sounded more like a normal bass drum than the pillow clip.
A few inches out of the mic hole? At the moment, it is slightly inside. Also, what causes a "clicky" sound?
An sm57 would be a better option than a beta52? Haha I just purchased the shure drum mic kit with 3 sm57s (and the beta).. I think I'm going to upgrade to an emad batter with a softer pillow.