By Andrew Lentz Published January 29, 2009
One of the sleeper hits of the 2009 NAMM show, the KickPort was a simple, inexpensive way to get maximum projection from your bass drum without the addition of triggers, monitors, or even a mike.
For the 2010 NAMM show, we were delighted to see this simple, easy-to-install device in tasteful white in addition to the original black. Because white resonant heads are such a common color on trad kits, KickPort International, the makers of KickPort, have made it that much easier for this natural acoustic enhancer to blend seamlessly with the look of your kit.
It ports the kick drum in the same manner as a bass reflex speaker cabinet which boosts low frequencies. Adds ideal dampening directly to the resonant head which allows you to remove most if not all of the internal materials thus reclaiming all of the natural resonance and tone of your drum.
In addition, the KickPort focuses the air as it exits the kick drum and this compression increases punch and improves the sound of bass drums sized 16” to 28.” It can be tuned up or down by adjusting the tuning of the resonant head.
The overall result is more lows, more tone, better definition and more punch in varying acoustical environments. Used by iconic drummers such as Dennis Chambers, Gregg Bissonette, and Steve Ferrone, the KickPort makes gigging a pleasure with its naturally amplified system built straight into the bass drum. You can just as easily remove it for quieter musical settings.