Bass drum port - Opinions wanted

Tomb

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We're doing a memorial day party this weekend. It will be outdoors and I will be un-mic'd.
Classic rock, and they are pretty good about keeping levels down, but my biggest concern
is the bass drum. I might be able to mic it just a tad bit, not sure. I was thinking of going
full on huge 70's style reso port, as opposed to my regular 4" port
Any thoughts?

thanks, and I wish you all a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend.
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I always go lively and full throttle on outdoor kits.
No holes. No muffling. Outdoor acoustics
suck the sound into thin air.
 

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I can't imagine not miking my bass drum for an outdoor gig. That said, the port only needs to be big enough for the mic. Anything more is simply a matter of preference.
 

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atomicmorganic said:
Large port = lack of reso surface = less tone.
agreed, but if I can't get a mic on it, projection is my concern. less tone won't matter
if it can't be heard
 

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Unless you are trying to completely emulate that '70s sound (and in that case, just lose the resonant head completely ????) then your 4" port would be plenty. Pretty much any mic will fit that.
 

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Try a mic... Audix D6 works for me... on a Kelly Shu, with a full reso. A bit of dampening on the batter head, and you're good to go. Best of both worlds!
 

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Classic Rock and outside and No Mic ? Doesn't much matter whether you go full reso or port because it will not project enough outside.
 

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Stone Wilcoxon said:
Try a mic... Audix D6 works for me... on a Kelly Shu, with a full reso. A bit of dampening on the batter head, and you're good to go. Best of both worlds!
I'm not sure I will be able to mic it, so I'm looking for what will give me the most projection, if I can't
 

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Not sure about the overall volume, for example of the bass guitar, but unmic'ed I would also go with two complete heads and tune a bit tighter. Hard beater and patch might be a good idea, let the beater bounce. Unless the band is very loud, that should sound fine and balanced. Bass drums were invented for unmic'ed open air sounds after all.

When mic'ed from the reso side, that sound can be "woofy". So in case there is a bass drum mic, I'd tune the reso lower and put a small inconspicuous blanket or jacket in front of the drum for a tighter sound to feed to the mic.
 

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Memorial Day party? everyone will be drunk and won't give a rat's patootie.

I'd use a small ported in case you use a mic. Whatever you feel most comfy playing.
 

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agogobil said:
Memorial Day party? everyone will be drunk and won't give a rat's patootie.

I'd use a small ported in case you use a mic. Whatever you feel most comfy playing.
lol - you are correct sir!
 

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xsabers said:
I can't imagine not miking my bass drum for an outdoor gig. That said, the port only needs to be big enough for the mic. Anything more is simply a matter of preference.
This is what I do,and it works fine
 

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You should NEVER use a ported BD head. Sheer insanity. Put a mic on the batter head, close to your pedal. That should do it.
 

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How big is your bass drum?

22" or bigger I wouldn't worry about it

18" get a mic or forget it

How much area do you have to cover?

Close audience I wouldn't worry about it

Large field; you'll need mic's for sure

sherm

PS: Maybe I'm wrong but if they can hear your toms, why wouldn't they be able to hear your bass? Or does it have something to do with type of music?
 

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trommel said:
You should NEVER use a ported BD head. Sheer insanity. Put a mic on the batter head, close to your pedal. That should do it.
. What makes you feel qualified to say that ?
 


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