Andy don’t worry about the waxing, the Kickport is awesome!
I saw one used at a show in San Francisco last year, asked what it was after the show and ordered one the next day. Jesse got it to me two days later.
I installed it in my 22x18 DW on a Remo Ebony Ambassador. I have a Powerstroke 3 on the batter. Now I thought I have a fairly punchy, deep bass to start. I was wrong. The Kickport dropped the tone, opened up the sound, and gave my bass the deep thump I had been looking for, all without any muffling inside, so the resonance of the shell is not lost.
One of the most incredible products I have seen. Basically porting your bass like a sub-woofer is. The product is incredible. And you can tune it by rotating it around in the port and by the tension of the front head. Mic it right in front of the hole for a nice punchy attack, or place the mic inside a ways for a more open, resonant tone.
I believe in a few years this product will be standard on almost all bass drums, it is that great.
Andy..I think Im going to try to patent it to be honest..Its way better than the existing one..in looks and tonal function..Also, it will run the average guy about 15.00..
I’d love to review your product when you think it’s ready for review! I haven’t gotten the Kickport yet, but it’s on my short list. I have a 22x18 birch kick, and I’d love to add more bottom end to it, especially for when I use my camcorder to record my playing. I’d love to compare the two ‘port’ products.
O.K., the verdict still is not in for me about the Kick Port. Although everyone agrees that it enhances the sound of un-miked kicks and works great for that application, I never play in un-miced situations. So could someone please post a review of a kick Port miced, and which mic position got the best results. It would be greatly appreciated.
Hi I own the PDP M5 with a 22x18 bass drum and I must say since installing my kickport it sounds much more deeper and responsive.I would definately use it on all my bass drumheads.I have the Powerstroke Pro batter on too
What do others think??
I believe that the thing that makes the Kickport different from internal muffling techniques is that you get a lot more air in the sound while still adding punch and depth. The Kickport acts exactly like a speaker cone installed in the reso drumhead.
It’s interesting. As many of you know I bought a new set at the end of last year, which took a couple months to be delivered. In the meantime, I kept playing my trusty old 4-piece, which had definitely seen some heavy usage over the years. During the last couple weeks before my new kit arrived, I began to notice a slight buzzing coming from my bass drum. Upon closer inspection it seemed as if the Kickport apparatus had become loose inside the porthole I had originally cut for it. Or, more likely, the hole had widened. Either way, it sure seemed as if the Kickport suddenly began to rattle because of it.
So when I got my new kit, I cut a porthole in the front head, installed some material to muffle the drum, and simply began to play it old-styley, without a Kickport. The sound of the kick drum was pretty darn beefy as it was. I’ll keep you updated if at some point in the future I decide my new bass drum needs some sonic enhancement.
But it does seem quite possible that if you become a habitual Kickport user you might have to change your front bass drumhead more often than you would otherwise.