What heads for deep bass drum sound?

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Chad Scott
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Post Thu Oct 12, 2006 5:21 am

I need a bass drum head with deap,deap tone.something I can tune to a c- and still have control with punch. I have tried many heads from two ply and single...I really don't know much about what to buy because I havn't found anything I like yet!
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Post Sun Oct 15, 2006 7:15 am

Chad Scott wrote:I need a bass drum head with deap,deap tone.something I can tune to a c- and still have control with punch. I have tried many heads from two ply and single...I really don't know much about what to buy because I havn't found anything I like yet!


Just out of curiosity, what are the dimensions of your kick, as well as the material it's made from? That will have a lot to do with its tuning range.
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Post Sun Oct 15, 2006 10:44 pm

I have a 20-18" kick also with an 8" woofer in front...
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Post Mon Oct 16, 2006 6:45 am

Info on what heads you've tried would also be useful ;)
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Post Tue Oct 17, 2006 5:17 am

Shalaq wrote:Info on what heads you've tried would also be useful ;)


Haha thanks I forgot to ask that.

In the meantime, I've had the best luck with the Powerstroke 3.

But I think a lot of your dilemma may be due to your bass drum size. A 22" would give you a deeper tuning range, and a more shallow kick can naturally give you more punch.

I find I get more punch if I tighten my front head considerably more than the batter head. And using something like an impact patch where your beater hits can add more attack to your sound, try this as well as maybe using a harder beater.
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Post Sat Oct 21, 2006 8:15 pm

I have an Evans Hydraulic on my 22" kick, and when It was cranked up pretty tight, it gave a mighty boom. Scared the crap out of the horn player in front of my kit for my school musical. Made her jump right out of her chair.

I'd try that maybe, and tune it up. My kick is a maple drum, so it's more resonant from the get-go.

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Post Wed Jan 03, 2007 11:43 am

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Post Tue Jan 16, 2007 1:02 am

For 18, 20 and 22" bass drums try the AQUARIAN 2 on the batter side.

When you first put it on, tighten the shit out of it and let it sit over night if you can. The next day open it up and let it sit for a few minutes and tune it just about 3/4 turn past wrinkle.

As for the front head make sure if you are recording or playing live you have at least a 4" hole in the front. Tighten the front head up pretty good atleast one full octave about the batter side.

If your using an unmuted batter head then get a strip of 3" felt and stretch that stuff across horizonaly (I suck at spelling). This should kill the unwanted harmonics from the bass drum and round out the ass end of the punch.

Play around with different beaters and attack pads too. Evans makes some really cool ones as does Remo.

Only you are going to know what sound it is you want for the setting and room you are playing in.

I always carry tons of stuff with me just in case.

I have even seen techs take old heads and make self made mutes to kill harmonics. You can also use TAMPONS to deepen it up. Yes TAMPONS on the batter side but with all the head choices out now you dont really need to do that.

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Post Tue Jan 16, 2007 10:59 pm

Chad Scott wrote:I have a 20-18" kick also with an 8" woofer in front...

I think your "woofer" is way to big for the size of kick you have.With an 20" kick..max I would go is 4 and half inches.