bass drum size
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7th March 2007
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bass drum size

what size of bass drum do you guys prefer when recording? 20, 22, or 24?
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7th March 2007
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What kinda music are you recording?

If I had to pick from one size it would be 22". Its big enough for about any kinda rock sound and still tight enough for about any other style. Lots of jazz guys like smaller kicks but if you're recording a jazz drummer chances are he'll be serious enough about his sound to provide his own kick.

22" is what you want. Be done with it.
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8th March 2007
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If I had to pick from one size it would be 22". Its big enough for about any kinda rock sound and still tight enough for about any other style. Lots of jazz guys like smaller kicks but if you're recording a jazz drummer chances are he'll be serious enough about his sound to provide his own kick.

22" is what you want. Be done with it.
Agreed.
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8th March 2007
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itll be mostly hard rock or metal. i have my own kit which is a pearl birch master itd set up as a house kit and it has a 20 and i thought about about selling just the kick and getting a 22 or maybe 2 for double kicks
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9th March 2007
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26x14 typically. I also have 20, 22, 24, and 28 (all 14 depth) kicks at my disposal when needed. In my opinion a 22 or 24x14 is probably the most versatile.
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10th March 2007
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that 28-er must be a monster!
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10th March 2007
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that 28-er must be a monster!
It only gets recorded on average once a year and rarely gigged with (it's part of an early 40's Radio King set). It works well for certain things, although not many people request the "Gene Krupa-ish drum sound". I dig it though!
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24th March 2007
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After years of tuning my 20" BD lower I finally broke down and bought a 22" and I'm quite happy about it.
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24th March 2007
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18"x 22" DW my friend
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5th April 2007
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18x24 as of late.

i really wanna get my hands on a 14x24 or a 14x26 and a 14x18, though.
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13th July 2008
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18x24 as of late.

i really wanna get my hands on a 14x24 or a 14x26 and a 14x18, though.
I've got a 1976 7-piece Maple Slingerland with a 16x26 bass drum for sale if you're interested. $700.
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14th July 2008
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Mostly 22", although I use a couple of kits with 24"ers.
I think 22" is an ideal all-rounder.
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24th July 2008
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Sonar 20 here..... love it.
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24th July 2008
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I just got one of the new 23 inch kicks from DW. 18 inches deep. It is a freaking monster. Clients freak out about it constantly. more low end than i know what to do with. those guys really hit the nail on the head with this one. Big balls.
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2nd August 2008
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I have heard some amazing kicks with sounds out of them that you wouldn't expect for their size. Also kick tunnels allow you to back the mic right off and maintain isolation and let the bass frequencies develop.

One 20 inch Gretch in Walnut absolutely blew me away with its depth and punch.

You and even try tricks like sticking a PA in the room you are recording and putting the kick and some of the kit through it whilst recording.

There are many prescribed ideas out there but nothing beats using your own two ears. And trying heads and tuning and muting methods.

So just listen and audition the kicks.

I've got a Mapex 20 Saturn series, 22 Pro M and a Gretsch Renoun 24 in mahogany.

Peace,
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12th September 2008
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Size does matter?

16"
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26th September 2008
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20x16" pearl master maple, I like the punch. Hitting this drum hard sounds like early deftones (same size).
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14th December 2012
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maple 22"
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14th December 2012
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18"x 22" DW my friend
Ends up on damn near every recording i do, I love it. Although I have 1 band I record a lot and he has a dw kit. Everytime I end up using my dw kick instead. It has a little lower fundamental note and I think it records better.
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19th December 2012
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24x14 closed front. Get the snap from the beater side and the deep punch from the closed front. I like a DIY sub kick w/ 6inch speaker. Rejects the the high end junk and gives the low thump. Check phase to taste.
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24th December 2012
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My 24x18" is the less versatile kick drum I've ever recorded..the most versatile was a 20x16 inch one. That was awesome!
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10th January 2013
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14x20. Evans Emad (single ply), tuned medium tight (no "just past the wrinkle point" for me). Larger ring, no internal muffling. Best drum sound I've ever had.
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13th January 2013
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As far as the studio goes, don't drums tend to sound bigger recorded? I'm thinking a 20" would cut the mustard on a lot of stuff for that reason.
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13th January 2013
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But most people still use 22".
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18th January 2013
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All sizes.
Have I posted in this thread already?
But really, 22 for most things.
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1st February 2013
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What kinda music are you recording?

If I had to pick from one size it would be 22". Its big enough for about any kinda rock sound and still tight enough for about any other style. Lots of jazz guys like smaller kicks but if you're recording a jazz drummer chances are he'll be serious enough about his sound to provide his own kick.

22" is what you want. Be done with it.
I'm a 22"x22" *****, I swear to god I will be buried in one when I die (folded in half). I fell in love with my 22x22 DW kick and all the ones I build myself are 22x22. I love the feel.
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1st February 2013
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I have a 16x24 with my dw collectors series and a second kit from Epiarch it is 20x22. They both record really well. Btw the epiarchs are for sale. Sizes are 20x22 8x12 and 14x16 in honey satin. Email me for pics
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1st February 2013
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I'm a 22"x22" *****, I swear to god I will be buried in one when I die (folded in half).
or you could build a tunnel using a rug and some chairs
#29
24th May 2013
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I feel like 20in x 16in is the ideal size for recording. Pearl Masters Custom if you have one...
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26th May 2013
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I like 22" for general use. My urrent studio kit is a D Drum with a 20 inch deep kick....I prefer more depth to greater width myself, but but it a;; depends on the music. 24' and 25" can sound great as long as the part doesn't get fast or busy. The head doesn't return to neutral fast enough on a big drum, like a 26. I did have a nice 24 custom kik for a bit, but this deep 22" is really making the clients happy.
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