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Hey guys! Just thought I would take a sec to show everyone my bass drum dampening technique!

Over the years, I've messed around with everything - from wide open, to specialized dampening pillows, to modular dampening, to the old school "stuff a pillow in it" method! Like everything, a lot of this will come down to personal taste, but my absolute favorite method is a combination of 2 tools: A self dampening batter head and a Remo Muff L Ring Control for reso dampening!
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For the batter head if you're an Evans fan, any of the EMAD series will do great, and if you're a Remo fan, I personally love the Powersonic head!

For the reso head, the Remo Muff L Ring is essentially the same dampening system as an EMAD head, it has a tray that you mount below the head with a foam insert and when the head is attached it holds the foam up against the reso head. This helps control overtones and sustain, without overly choking out the heads like many dampeners do!

When setup it looks like this:
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My favorite part about this method, is regardless where I go or how much my bass drum gets shaken up in the process, I never have to worry about adjusting the dampener inside - everything stays put! [smile]

Do any of you have a technique you've found to be effective??


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Back when I was using 18 and 20" deep bass drums, had to do the pillow inside AND Emad to get what I wanted, now just an Emad or wide open is great! Love the thinner depths now. But your method is really interesting and I'd for sure look into it if I still used deeper depths!
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Back when I was using 18 and 20" deep bass drums, had to do the pillow inside AND Emad to get what I wanted, now just an Emad or wide open is great! Love the thinner depths now. But your method is really interesting and I'd for sure look into it if I still used deeper depths!


Fo sho! My next kick will be a 14x24, so I'm interested to see how that sounds, but I would never trade this for the world on my deeper kicks!

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Fo sho! My next kick will be a 14x24, so I'm interested to see how that sounds, but I would never trade this for the world on my deeper kicks!


DUDE 14x24 yes! Join the club, man, it's the best. Haven't had a single regret (except for Tom height, but not really much of a regret, just something I got used to)
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Hey Jason,

I was doing a bit of research on the muff'l rings! And I have seen them before at a show on the rack and floor and they produce a good sound that I have been looking for! One of my buddies had the same muff'l rings and instead of tuning them legitimately, he used the muff'l to save time to tune rather than produce natural sound. 

Great job with the picture and description! Really detailed! I am not sure if they make a muff'l rings with the batter side or can be used vice versa?

The most popular batter head I have seen lately is the Aquarian SK II. I tried Evans and Remo and next batter head I am going to give a try is the Superkick II to see if it exceeds my expectations.

Go an extra two inches in the depth and rock out with a 16x24"! 
But then I would then tell you to go with a 14x26"!

Those are probably the next choices I would try for my kick sizes but then I am a bit curious about a 14x24" would sound.

Keep me posted!

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For my 16x24, I only use the EMAD. Every now and then I will use a rolled up bed sheet to put against the reso head.

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With my 13x24 kick, this is definitely something I need to check out!

I used to use quite a bit of muffling in my old 22x20 kick, like a full pillow, a blanket, and a towel..... Now I've grown to love more developed kick sounds though, and use no internal muffling, just the larger ring with the EMAD2! Such a full tone, there's nothing not to love!

Thanks again Jason, such a dope idea!
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