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Old 03-25-2011, 02:52 AM
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Default Looking for that "Sonic Boom" sound in a live set.

I've never used any electronic drums in any capacity, so please try to keep that in mind with the responses :) I'm a drummer for a rock band, though not a particularly heavy one, and I'd like to find a way to achieve that loud low bass hit at a couple points in our set. The only electronics I use at all are my Dr. Beat and a Behringer UB802 mixer to I can play to a click during our sets. I use it both at rehearsal and live shows.

Back to the question...How can I get that genital rattling hit?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 03-25-2011, 02:57 AM
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Default Re: Looking for that "Sonic Boom" sound in a live set.

Your band needs subs. Or you need to mic up your kit and have your own subs. That's the only thing that comes to mind. I saw The Police at Dodger Stadium and during "Walking in your footsteps" there's a couple of hits with the gong bass drum that literally shook through the seats. The only way to achieve that is with a great PA system that has subs.
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Old 03-25-2011, 03:00 AM
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Default Re: Looking for that "Sonic Boom" sound in a live set.

We regularly play at a place with a really nice house system, subs and all. Do I need a sampler? A drum machine? A drum trigger? I'm not really sure what any of these things do, but I keep hearing the terms thrown around in other forums.
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Old 03-25-2011, 03:13 AM
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Default Re: Looking for that "Sonic Boom" sound in a live set.

Ah. I thought you had a sound source already in mind to create the boom in the first place. If it's just a bass drum hit that you want to boost the low-end on for these hits, I would think a cheap drum machine would do. Run the output to the house PA, and crank the low end up, that should give you the sonic boom you seek. When it's time, just hit the bass drum button on the drum machine.
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Old 03-25-2011, 07:35 PM
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Default Re: Looking for that "Sonic Boom" sound in a live set.

Hi Mark,

I used to be in a metal band so always wanted a clicky kick drum sound; most sound engineers at smaller venues just didn't have a clue. to get round this i bought an old Akai sampler, a trigger to midi unit and a bass drum trigger. i must have spent 150 tops on that. I would reccomend a similar set up.

You can pick up a second hand Akai S2000 on ebay for around 30 which will play whatever sound you put in to it.

you then need a trigger to midi unit - maybe an olod DM5 brain or something similar. again, look on ebay.

lastly, you will need a drum pad - ebay again is the way to go.

If you want to know anything else - feel free to ask.
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