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Old 03-08-2012, 09:39 PM
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Default Non-Premuffled Bass Drum Head Users

For all of you guys who still use Coated Ambs, Coated Emps, or any other non-premuffled head for your bass drums, I'd salute you. And I'd like to pick your brains on what you do to get your kick sounding good. I've been planning to overthrow the EMAD dynasty that has ruled my bass drum for quite some time. Not that its a bad sound, I just want to try something different. So anything from pillows to felt strips or something creative. Lets hear you're tone practices.
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Old 03-09-2012, 01:04 AM
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Default Re: Non-Premuffled Bass Drum Head Users

Although its somewhat pre-muffled, I use a PS3 with an Evans EQ pad against the batter and a Remo Dave Weckl pad against the reso. This gives me just enough control while letting the drum speak. Tune to just above wrinkle on the reso side and slightly tighter on the batter. Nice punchy sound.
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Old 03-09-2012, 06:22 AM
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Default Re: Non-Premuffled Bass Drum Head Users

An unmuffled kick with coated ambassadors will have a lot of sustain and ring, just like a "real" bass drum in marching bands and orchestras. In addition, the head will have a lot of bounce, which causes pedal rebound, and which might bother some of those who use the heel-up technique. This is also often problematic when the kick is miked, in which many recording and live engineers would prefer at the very least that the reso be ported, so that the mic can be placed inside the drum. It takes a lot of getting used to this setup. But you wil be rewarded with a bass drum which, especialy in acoustic situations, can easily match the dynamic range of any other part of the kit.

In the past couple of years, the only muffling I use were cloth strips. I started off with a strip on the batter side, and was very happy with the setup. Last month, I added a strip to the reso side, because I needed just a tad more focus for a gig in Church next weekend. It took me 2 weeks to get used to the sound though.
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Old 03-09-2012, 07:08 AM
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Default Re: Non-Premuffled Bass Drum Head Users

Coated Emp on batter side, with one 3 inch white felt strip, running down one third of the drum. Same deal on reso side but with a coated Amb. Unported. John Bonham baby!
If you can't handle that open sound you can tape a l section of foam (6 x 10 x 1 inch thick) inside on bottom of bass drum.
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Old 03-11-2012, 01:46 PM
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I think I'm going to get a Modern Vintage batter and a TC reso for my restored Rogers kit, with a felt strip on the batter, and an open, tight reso. I want to see how much I can get out of this with minimal muffling, and tuning. My 24" Centennial has a Coated Emp w/ felt, and the stock PS3 style reso - tuned tight. Great sound, but I think the smaller Rogers drum won't need as much muffling.
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