Hi all. I use a DW Collectors Maple X-Shell 22"x18” kick drum as my main kick & recently added the ‘KickPort’. I really didn’t expect much, despite the ads & testimonials from artists like Ray Luzier & Kenny Aronoff. Also, I usually HATE to cut a hole in my resonant head(s)! It DID succeed to add a whole new dynamic to my bass drum that I never expected! I tried it w/ my DW ‘hour-glass’ pillow, & w/out. Personally, the results were more to my liking WITH the internal pillow in place. Although the ‘KickPort’ is tuneable, I really didn’t get the sound…the concise sound that I was after once my pillow was removed. Once the pillow was back in place, however, the ‘KickPort’ really shined…it added depth, some volume, clarity, & a lot of “ooomph” to the sound!
I also gave it a try w/ my Sonor Designer Maple Light 22"x16” kick drum. For whatever reason, this time it was better w/OUT any internal muffling (I was using the Remo “Muff’ls Ring Control” w/ the plastic tray & foam ring)! Just the batter head (Remo Clear PowerStroke 3 w/ a double Falam Slam Impact Patch) & resonant head (Remo Ebony Ambassador Bass w/ Sonor’s logo). I never heard my Sonor sound better in all of the years that I’ve owned it (& all of the different muffling techniques that I’ve tried & experimented w/)!
In my experience, it depended on the drum…the “KickPort” was better in my DW bass drum w/ the internal muffling. My Sonor however, was much better w/OUT the internal muffling. I guess it all depends on the sound that you’re after (& perhaps the bass drum in & of itself…?)!
Thanks & talk to you all soon! Brian Jezuit