Bass drum: ported vs. non ported?

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Post Fri Sep 08, 2006 1:20 am

Do you guys and gals have your kick drums ported? If so, why? If not, why? Let's discuss :) What are advanages and disadvantages of ported/ non ported kicks?

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Post Fri Sep 08, 2006 1:33 am

Ported, It lets more air push through. Good for having a double kick pedal so that the head doesn't have a lot of "push back." Also, good for miking purposes (unless you have an internal mount). I've played on non-ported, just not enough open spaces for the air to escape without a port.
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Post Fri Sep 08, 2006 7:06 am

If I play a ported bass i try to use as little muffling as possible. I prefer a non-ported kick for jazz and some rock stuff(I use a lot of muffling then).
It just depends on the sound I'm going for. Also a ported bass is comfy to use because you can adjust the muffling without taking the head off.
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Post Fri Sep 08, 2006 11:55 am

i have a ported head. i didnt really have a reason for doing it but my kick sounds great. when i change my heads im going for a preported eq3 because my homemade port looks pretty bad when you get up close.
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Post Mon Sep 11, 2006 8:24 pm

ported..i'd rather not piss off the soundguy :D

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Post Tue Sep 12, 2006 4:20 am

I just have a 4" one in there for the soundguy and to let it breathe a bit more. Also tend to stick a small cushion against the batter head for feel as i like to crank it up but dont like the beater to flick back and kneecap me haha
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Post Fri Sep 15, 2006 8:47 am

I have always preferred a ported head for a few reasons.One being its easier for many sound guys as many don't have the slightest clue how to mic a non ported head.But once I get my May internal more ports for me,lol. And the other reason is there is less ambient air bouncing back into the batter head when you have a port hole in front.
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Post Mon Sep 25, 2006 10:53 pm

It all depends on the drum. I usually use a 24 or 26 inch kick, and they definitely sound better unported and unmuffled. I will point out that I use primarily older, 3-ply drums, which are only 14 inches deep. I tend to tune higher for a lot of ring, but will sometimes tune down the beater head a little to adjust to the sound of the room. They way I have them set up is for total dynamic range, so when I pump lightly there is a soft booooom, and If I hit fast and hard a CRACK explosion. When using a 22 inch drum, I usually muffle a little bit, but still go non ported. With a 20 or smaller, it's best to port and muffle. I don't care for the sound or feel of deep shell bass drums. The most important thing is to tune and adjust for every room you play or record in.
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Post Thu Sep 28, 2006 9:21 am

i dont even have a head on my resonant bass drum side. i know you mike think thats cheap, but if u know how to muffle it the correct way it gives a really controlling, heart pounding sound
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Post Sat Sep 30, 2006 7:07 pm

I have a 4" ported head at ten o'clock and 3" from the edge w/nothing inside. The batter is an Evans Coated EMAD w/ the large ring. The drum is a Tama Starclassic Performer Birch 18" x 22". My engineer likes my bass drum sound so much he has sampled the kick on five records done in his studio.
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Post Thu Jan 04, 2007 10:40 pm

as long as the port is not centered on the head, i prefer a ported bass drum. i like the sound better, easier for the mics, and it feels better for me then non ported. but if the port is to big or in the center, i always feel like im kicking mud.
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Post Fri Jan 05, 2007 3:34 pm

ported looses all resonance in the head, its easy to get a good sound from a non ported head anyway
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Post Thu Jan 25, 2007 2:27 pm

Big Time (9" hole, left bottom)

just for sound reasons, it makes a nice short tone without loosing
high on the drums. and without getting a "TICK" sound
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Post Thu Jan 25, 2007 4:12 pm

Ported - Many reasons, 1. push more air out to get better beater respons,2. easyer to mic, 3. I have TWO 4 inch crome Hozs rings and they just look cool. :D
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Post Fri Jan 26, 2007 9:02 am

ported.i generaly prefer ported mainly for feel. i like the feel better on a ported drum. on a 22in i usualy do a 4in port. on any drum that has a depth larger than 18 i got for 2 - 4 in ports. on in the 5 o clock and one in the 7 o clock.and some muffling. it helps the punch of the deep drums gain the impact and breathes better. on a 26in no port. oddly enough. on a 20in ( usualy 20x18 or 20x20) the 2 ports but not 4 in. these are 3. my current 22x16 has a 5 in port in the 5 o clock. and it sounds good. then again i use only Aquarian SuperKick 1 and Texture Coated SuperKick1 bass batter. and only Aquarian Regulator bass resonate heads. so lol i dont really need the muffling usualy. but on a drum 18 or deeper i use some. a small pillow or a Dave Weckl bass drum muffler thing. works great
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