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Win a complete set of skins with Remo!

Competition closes on 30th April 2015. All you need to do to enter is to share your top tip for remedying a boomy bass drum! Up for grabs this month:

  • A pro pack set of your choice (includes 14″ snare)
  • Batter and resonant side bass drum head of your choice
The winner for this months competition is: James Murphy – Congratulations! Instructions on how to claim have been e-mailed to you.

His practical and well established solution to fixing a boomy bass drum was:

Boomy bass drums are fixed by using Remo PS3s both sides – tune the resonant side up a little to give it some focus. If that’s still too much boom put a rolled up blanket inside (touching both batter and resonant heads)

Special mention to Chris Wallace for the funniest answer:

Squirrels with ear defenders on, about 5 makes it sound just right

22 thoughts on “Remo competition April 2015!

  1. The best way to remedy a boomy bass drum is at put pillow in the bass drum and make sure that the pillow is against the batter head to absorb most of the unnecessary noise from the drum and this will give you a much quieter bass drum.

    1. A pillow is a great way to use in the bass drum!! And I’ve tried putting paper towel’s in side the bass drum!! Just like a EMAD drum head!! And duct tape around the whole drum head on both sides and this is a cheap way to do it if u don’t have the money to get a nice bass drum head for ur drum set and if u think the pillow is to muffing sounding!! so there’s a tip for having a lil bit of resonating sound or not so much on the muffing side!!

    2. Remo Powerstroke 3 head solved it for me. I had replaced my worn Remo pinstripe with a powerstroke 3, and an old pillow with an A-head muffler pillow.

      With the powerstroke 3 I found I didn’t need any muffling. I got a nice deep bass thud without any overtones.

  2. The obligatory pillow I’m afraid, nothing new or Earth shattering like goat spit or muffling with a spiny ant eater.

  3. Just a strip of felt along the batter head held in place with the rims. Leave it as boomy as you can, worked for Bohnham

  4. Boomy bass drums are fixed by using Remo PS3s both sides – tune the resonant side up a little to give it some focus. If that’s still too much boom put a rolled up blanket inside (touching both batter and resonant heads), or if you want it super-dead like a compressed disco sound put a whole duvet in!

  5. The most important thing is the choice of heads (for a bit more low-end and less ring, something like the Powerstroke 3 works well). Put a good resonant head on too, it’ll make a big difference.

  6. The best way to remedy un wanted overtones in a bass drum in my opinion is simply… Tune it well. Obviously to make it properly dampened use a pillow in the drum or felt strips against the heads but I think if you can tune properly you should get a nice sounding bass drum. Every other instrumentalist needs to be able to tune their instrument why should we??

  7. Too Boomy bass drum – check the tuning is fit for purpose;
    1. If drums are NOT mic’d up, bass drum might require tuning to PROJECT the note to cut through, eg at small/medium size pubs/halls. So tune front head tighter than batter head until you can hear its note inhabiting the space in the room. You might say in this situation you are using the ‘boom’ to fit the acoustics.
    2. If drums ARE mic’d up you might want to detune the batter head for a lower sounding thud and then stuff something inside the bass drum up against the inside of the batter head. Sheets, pilows, old leather jacket, whatever works for your drum in the situation. For vintage and 14″ deep bass drums I use large sheets of ‘packing dept.’ type bubble wrap and try different amounts for the effect I want. Deeper bass drums might need something heavier like a pillow, blanket, old duffle coat to control the ‘boom’.

  8. Tune the batter and reso heads evenly round all the lugs just above where the wrinkles disappear. Use the minimum amount of damping you can get away with. A powerstroke batter and reso helps to focus the resonance and reduce excessive overtones while keeping the natural tone of the drum.

  9. A small towel or tshirt rolled up and placed between the pedal posts and the batter head.. unobtrusive and held in place by the pedal.. its a really cool way to dampen head and so easy to remove..


  10. I have a dead ringer behind my front skin and a very thin piece of sculptured packing foam in my Bass drum barely touching the Batter head. Tuning beats all though and I find when my front skin is twice as tight as my batter i never have issues with of without damping.

  11. It kinda depeneds on what is causing the ‘boominess’, alot of the time it can be the drum itself which can be controlled by dampening the reso and batter head too you liking, or it could be a tuning problem.

    One thing I think most people forget about is the room, which is nearly as important as the drums themselves, especially if recording. If you got a boomy bass drum or any other drums for that matter, try moving the kit away from the corners of the room, find a spot where it sounds best; bass traps and absorbers (which you can make yourself) are not a bad idea either. Worst room for a kit is a small cube shaped room with no treatment. Unless you like extreme boominess =)

  12. Learn to tune better, choose your heads better or even better, if they moan about it booming, tell em to suck it up cause if it has a sound you like, then tough to snyone else.

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