I put a pillow in my bass drum the other day because a friend told me I should, after I had had nothing in there, and I hate the sound! Does anyone know how to get the clicky bass sound like the metal players?
a "deadened batter head" (remember, you're going for the attack here.)
or use triggers if you're into that sort of thing.
as for the pillow. make sure its touching the reso head. not completely against it. just laying on the bottom of the shell butted up against the reso. and also the batter a little if its a big eneough pillow
i would say to get the consistent double bass metal sound you really need to be triggering which means regardless how hard you hit it should produce the same volume and tone. Taping coins to the pedal is a short term solution but it does tend to spoil the head and it sounds better from where the drummer is sitting then out the front but it depends whether you are doing it for your own satisfaction or for gigging?
dont use one of those metal or plastic pads and dont tape quarters to you beaters. you want punch and low end as well as attack a doing that stuff is gonna fuck with your sound. just experement with different heads and tunings and damperings till you get a sund you like. I recomend the evans emad. i thnk its the best head out there for metal players. although Aquarian also makes a built in damper head called the super kick and iv heard great things about that one as well
I find Danmar metal click pads, plastic or wood beaters and Aquarian Super Kick II heads work the best for a good clicky sound. Leave virtually nothing in the kick, maybe a small hand towel if you want that big boomy, clicky Vinnie Paul sound, or throw a pillow in there against the reso head and touch it to the batter for a more tight sound. But remember, you gotta have some punch and low end too, so dont muffle the drum too much.
I've got layers of packaging tape over the click plate. Sounds kind of strange, but it kind of EQ's it a bit.