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Bass Drum Muffling and Tuning Guide
by Dale Hallerberg

Many drummers have vastly different muffling techniques, but we have found that this approach works the best for us.

The overall approach is to glue foam rubber to the inside shell of each bass drum so that it hangs over the rims a little bit and pushes on the inside of the head, thus muffling the head’s ringing. There are three big advantages to this method:

1 – The drums sound great.
2 – The foam doesn’t have to be replaced or reglued when you replace a head.
3 – The foam is inside the drum and won’t get dirty or ripped up.

 

So here are the steps to success:

Measure your bass drums and write down the foam you need using the look-up table.

Drum
Number
Diameter
in inches
Length of foam needed
Width of
foam
needed
Height of
foam needed
1
 
Two pieces, each ____
inches long
   
2
 
Two pieces, each ____
inches long
   
3
 
Two pieces, each ____
inches long
   
4
 
Two pieces, each ____
inches long
   
5
 
Two pieces, each ____
inches long
   
6
 
Two pieces, each ____
inches long
   
7
 
Two pieces, each ____
inches long
   

 

Look-up Table:

Drum
Diameter
Drum Circumference
= Length needed
Width of
foam
Height of
foam
16"
52 inches
3 inch
1 inch
18"
58 inches
3 inch
1-1/2 inch
20"
64 inches
3 inch
1-1/2 inch
22"
70 inches
4 inch
2 inch
24"
76 inches
4 inch
2 inch
26"
82 inches
4 inch
2-1/2 inch
28"
88 inches
4 inch
2-1/2 inch
30"
96 inches
4 inch
3 inch
32"
102 inches
4 inch
3 inch

Note: The length of foam needed is 2*pi*drum radius (plus a little extra)

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