I've played that way in years past, and I've played with no reso side at all, too. The big center port definitely feels more like you have no reso on there.I think I've read that some drummers don't like the feel. I believe, the claim is that it's opposite of where the beater strikes and the air just gets blown out of the hole and there's less resonance. I've never played a set with such a port hole, so I can only guess.
Maybe it looks dated to some (tons of blankets, giant port hole or no resonant head at all...)
Pearl says, CM does! Awesome.My port is off to the side but only because Pearl cuts them that way now. In the old days, Pearl used center ports, and I had no problem with them. I don't get worked up over port placement, considering that there's so much else to get worked up over. I select my neuroticisms carefully.
Oh yes. That's mostly what I play these days. It's where I started, and where I've (mostly) ended up.Have you ever played on one with a solid reso?
Excellent breakdown, Stroman. I agree completely.Oh yes. That's mostly what I play these days. It's where I started, and where I've (mostly) ended up.
Disregarding sound for a moment, the drum with no-reso/big center port, a drum with a smaller uncentered port, and a drum with a full reso have a feel that kind of goes along a spectrum. No-reso offers limited natural rebound, but is easier in some ways to play doubles because of the short note. A small port feels more like a full head, but not quite. The full head offers the most rebound, but can also be a bit harder to tame, especially if you bury the beater. (I don't)
I'll also add that a lot of muffling, like a pillow or big blanket, sort of mitigates the difference in feel along that spectrum.
I have a solid reso at the moment & like you, I got a thrashing from my engineer. Unless you do the mic inside, they have to put one in front AND on the batter side.Excellent breakdown, Stroman. I agree completely.
It's been a long time since I've had an unported bass reso. Back in the '80s, I showed up for my first mic'd gig without a port, and the engineer gave me a gentle thrashing. I ported shortly thereafter. The trauma remains.
Yup. There's experimentation that leads to progress and experimentation that distracts from progress. There's no need to change what's working.Charlie seems to have found what works for him and the sound guy & just didn't change. A lesson we all could learn from.
Well, the few times i recorded in an actual studio, the reso was ported or removed. But once i saw the internal mic sysyems, i went that route, first with a homemade bracket and then with the kelly shu. At venues, I never heard any guff from sound guys because they just had to plug in and go. They may have given me side eye to start with, but once they tried it, the full front head an internal mic was always acceptable.I have a solid reso at the moment & like you, I got a thrashing from my engineer. Unless you do the mic inside, they have to put one in front AND on the batter side.
They didn't like that at all.
Charlie seems to have found what works for him and the sound guy & just didn't change. A lesson we all could learn from.