Do you like your beater hard or soft?

hector48

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Bass drum beater, that is. What were you thinking?
This is mainly for the pop and rock drummers.
For years I used a wooden BD beater to get that nice clicking sound.
Recently, I've been noticing a lot more vibration going thru my leg (I'm getting old).
So, I switched to a felt beater, which is easier on the foot, but doesn't sound as nice to me.
However, since I'm usually going to mic the BD, I can just boost the highs in the EQ, I suppose.

So, do you rock drummers use felt or a hard beater (wood/plastic etc.)?
 

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You need the Big (firm..) Felt...found on old Tama (80s superstar era) Larger than Speed King felt.
ps; there's only 1 in existence and I own it )sorry.( but try and find one anyway; Note Nut on top.
"it's Ungodly. It's a Monster")

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Felt side of a dual side beater on a moleskin patch for modern bass drum, internal mic.
Round Felt beater on a clear patch for vintage bass drum, external mic.
...I despise the "clicky" sound
 

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I prefer the feel and sound of a hard felt beater. Not a felt patch on an otherwise solid plastic beater (like DW's stock beaters), but one that's 100% felt (like DW's accessory beaters). I also prefer how the solid felt sounds through my recording setup. I use a Moleskin patch on the head, although they wear-through pretty quickly.
 

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I like the hard felt side of the double sided Tama Iron Cobra beaters. I play mostly metal so using the plastic side tears up the head twice as fast and the sound difference is minimal.
 

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I guess I should have mentioned which patch I'm using.
It's the evans clear plastic sticker type.

Maybe I should just stick with the wooden beater and try a softer patch?

And here's my favorite wooden beater:
 

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I don't like/ never warmed up to them/ wooden beaters I have one/ but geeze kinda brutal isn't it to the head (I have some mercy a liitle.
 

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Good ol' Danmar felt beater does the trick well. For more vintage-sounding R&B, jazz, etc. I like the softer stuff (Vater Bomber or the Creative Percussion Marshmallow Bass Drum Beater).
 

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Gibraltar self-aligning reversible is number 1.
Solid wallop.
I can't hear felt beaters well enough in the amplified band context.

I used the old Rogers Blackjack beaters for years. (Essentially, the same thing)

Felt Danmar for softer dynamic situations like acoustic duo or jazz
 
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I got away from big felt beaters years ago. I like the TAMA Iron Cobra beaters. I've recently been using the TAMA Butadiene rubber Accu-Strike and pretty happy with it.
 

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For the loud stuff, I use a wooden Lowboy. For everything else, I use one of those fluffy brown Ludwig beaters.
 

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I use one of two beaters ( both square) - my main beater is a Danmar Zoro square felt beater. It really enhances the low end and just feels great to play.
The other is the Danmar JR Robinson Square Red wood beater. I use this beater for large rooms and outdoor gigs and I prefer to use this beater with my 24" bass drum.
 


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