It felt dirty :-/ Turns out I still like the sound of the kick ported, but I wish I could have found that out under friendlier circumstances. I used to prefer ported, but now, I prefer no port. And I do like a little bounce back from the pedal, I feel I'm more in control that way and I also think over muffling is wrong. The 22 with a 6" I think port and 18 with a 4" port both have Fiberskyn PS3's front and back. But I play mostly live. LOL. Porting the resonant/front head on a BD takes away the proper sound and feel of the instrument. If an unported reso works for you, that’s great. It's certainly harder to get a punchy, defined kick drum with a front head and no hole. Without a port hole, the resonant mic can’t capture much beater definition. BUY/SELL: Used Drums for Sale, Wanted, etc. If you gig a lot and play a lot of different rooms with a lot of different sound guys, you will save yourself a lot of trouble and conflict if you port. But I play mostly live. JavaScript is disabled. - YouTube You must log in or register to reply here. I happen to really love that sound, so to set my bass drums up that way is fortunately no compromise at all. And the trees are all kept equal by hatchet, axe, and saw. . I'd say 4" or less. It feels boomier to me. There are a couple of ways you can use a kick drum microphone inside of the drum but in this case, you're looking at mic'ing the drum without that hole. I figured I might like it ported, but I didn't want to go through the effort when I was happy with my sound. I have always heard that the smaller the hole the better IF you simply want a better "feel" from the beater but still retaining a good amount of an unported sound. With a bass drum port hole (vs. no port hole), you have: Better projection (your bass drum sound will go further). Depends on the situation, I have both ported and non-ported reso’s for each bass drum. You can mike a BD for recording or for the house PA and keep the true sound of the instrument by placing a mike on the batter head, near the pedal, or miking the reso head. Then of course there are purists that cringe at the very thought of cutting a hole in your head and inserting a foreign object. I use the small Aquariun ring on most of my kits around the 8:00 position. My new 14x20 now has a 4" port with a Clear PS3 batter and Smooth White PS3 on the reso side. Omg yes a sound question! Personally, I don't like the sound or vision of a hole in my bass drum head. The hole in the kick drum reso not only provides you with the sound you're after, you probably find playing the kick drum to be a bit easier than without the hole. Joined Jul 6, 2006 check out the. Kick Drum - Hole or no hole? I kept going around in circles. doesn't tend to bounce as much off of the batter head, so you won't need as much technique in your right foot to make the bass drum sound good. Its the playing & tuning. LOL. Portin, butting all that laundry & rubbish inside a BD reduces it to nothing more than sounding like a cardboard box. How DARE they do that!!! Whatever works for you. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register. More attack, and greater definition from the bass drum beater (especially when only the resonant head has a microphone). But, as with most things to each their own. If you just put a single, 4" port off-center and otherwise tune the drum the same way you did before, the drum really doesn't sound. He handed me a knife and a roll of gaff tape to use as a circle-stencil.