new drummer with ? about new kicker pedal. This is probably a stupid question but I wanted to double check anyways. When I set up my kicker I set it so the beater hits dead center on the head...correct? Thanks......
The best way that I've found to set the beater's height on a bass drum is to set the drum up with the heads and tuning that you'll use. Next set the spur height, you don't really need it any higher than about an inch off the floor, If I can place my hand between the front hoop and the floor, it's OK. Now have some one use the beater off the pedal and have them hit different areas of the head starting with dead center and work one or two inches above and below the center of the head. This way you can stand out in front of the bass drum to actually hear what differences the position of the beater actually makes. I have mine about an inch and a half higher than dead center.
There are easier ways, but as always I'm all about the sound.
BTW, did you put one of those little rubber thingies on the hoop to protect it from pedal rash and to better stabilize the pedal to the hoop.
Smaller bass drums (16, 18") are best dead center.
20" on up you do need to experiment, but usually not dead-center for the best sound.
Since the average height of a pedal shaft is 7", than add another 6-7" for beater, that's over halfway (dead-center) for anything but a 26" kick or larger.
Being comfortable on the pedal needs to be priority, no ones going to hear the difference in sound if your beater hits here or there on your kick, they have nothing to compare it too, it what it is, but it should come easy.