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Old 04-29-2011, 12:22 PM
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Can anyone tell me how the Metal players tune there Bass Drum.
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Old 04-29-2011, 12:40 PM
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Re: Bass Drum

Metal meaning what?

Metallica, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden? or like Children of Bodom, Lamb of God?

Metal is too broad a genre nowadays. I hate all the subgenres, like metalcore, deathcore, death metal, hardcore, post-hardcore... It's really quite annoying.

Regardless, though, the genre of "metal" can refer to many, many bands now.

What "metal" bands do you like, or what band's sound are you going for?
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Old 04-29-2011, 03:36 PM
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Re: Bass Drum

Most Metal hardcore drummers tune their drums tight.
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Old 04-29-2011, 05:25 PM
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Re: Bass Drum

Well Bands i would listen too more than any other i would say come under "Technical Metal" Genre,Like "Atheist" "Blotted Sceince" "Spastic Ink" "Gordian Knot" and "Exivious".

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Old 04-30-2011, 08:45 AM
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Re: Bass Drum

Best way is to listen to a recording and figure out the sound characteristics of the bass drum mix

If I listen I try and work out in my head of what the EQ setting (frequency region) might be and the attack and release.

For the frequency region, you might not want to go as far as frequency values but the low, mid and hi ranges. A warm boomy tone, might be more in the low, a little in the mid and the punch in the mid and hi, where it peaks in the hi. The punch can be broken down with attack and release, attack=how hard the punch, release=when the punch finishes, then the period between attack and release can be defined as the punch.

So if you want a boomy sound with less punch, slack the head, if you want more punch sometimes just called attack, tighten up. A general guide. Bass drums are a pain to tune, the greater diameter an depth the more problems, I found.

I would say metal drummers, playing double kick, you would want in the mix to have a hi attack and short release in the punch, so that you can hear the strokes played.

The above is a pointer, but if you want more accuracy in the concept, it would probably better to learn a thing or two about audio signal processing, or recording and mixing.
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Old 05-07-2011, 11:55 AM
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Re: Bass Drum

Wow, that's a brilliant response Zap98.
I agree that you need to tune the bass drum so you can hear the strokes just like gunshots. Without microphones, then you'll need to experiment with muffling materials, different beaters and using one head or two. Two tight heads with a pillow inside the drum and a wooden beater makes a kick-ass sound with lots of attack.
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Re: Bass Drum

The bass drums are of capricious sizes and are acclimated in several agreeable genres. Three above types of bass drums can be distinguished. The blazon usually apparent or heard in orchestral, ensemble or concert bandage music is the orchestral and concert bass boom . It is the better boom of the orchestra.
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Old 06-18-2011, 05:33 PM
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Re: Bass Drum

I think most of the dbl bass metal drummers also trigger.so they can pad the drum but still get the sound they want.

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