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Indian Subsonic Kick Drum Sound

If you have ever had the pleasure of seeing Trilok Gurtu, Johnny Kalsi or Pete Lockett play their version of a western drumset, you can't help but be struck by the sound of the kick drum (usually played by the left hand)

There is a little secret to how that sound is achieved, one could argue that it ignores the conventional tone generation principles of the head delivering the tone. In fact it is working below the lowest tuning point of the head and is subsonic in many cases. It works because the mic still picks up the low freq of the membrane movement and also a good balance of impact from the beater

it's very simple and hugely effective, the sole restriction however is that it requires to be amplified using a large diaphragm mic to function effectively.

Here's how it is done...

  • Remove the head from the drum
  • Pad the bearing edge so that there is no contact between it and the head
  • Place the head on the drum and ensure that the first inch or so of the head is in contact with the padding.
  • Tension the drum so that nothing rattles or is going to work loose but there should be little tone
  • place a large diaphragm mic about 2" below the centre of the drum
  • Wind up the PA
  • Stand back & enjoy

Paul



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Playing drumset since age 5, Paul has been a drummer on and off for most of his life. He plays every drum he can get his hands on. Paul works as an instrument designer, has designed many instruments for the Stomp orchestra and more recently in Holywood Movies. Paul is a prolific web designer and currently has a portfolio of around 40 business and hobby sites.



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