Bands have talked for years about adding a sub woofer for the kick drum.
Well, I have seen two bands trying subs, and it sounds GREAT! It gives you the feel of a real band as opposed to the sound you get from computer speakers.
Get the Most Out of the Upgrade
If you’re gonna carry yet another piece of equipment, you might want to know a couple of things. The kick drum sound has to be the dominant sound.
If you listen to just the mic in the drum, you will hear every sound on stage, so you will need to make the following adjustments.
Figure Out Best Mic Placement
Put the mic on a stand behind the beater or in the sound hole to get the most drum sound. If you move the mic in and out of the sound hole you will find a hot spot that gets the loudest drum sound. Now turn down input gain, this turns down the background noise.
Spend Time EQ’ing
Use the EQ to turn mids way down to prevent vocal and other stage sound interference from drum mic, and turn the low end up (even turning input gain down more).
Turn up highs a little, and you’ll get some snare drum. A thump and a click is the sound you’re looking for.
Yes gate, compress, limit, if you got it.
LET SUMMER COMMENCE!