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What pitch are tuned bass drums? Obviously it can vary, but I'm just looking for a ball-park range. For example, there's two pictures of marching band bass drums on the wikipedia bass drum page: what pitch are they likely to have? Are there particular styles of music where the bass drum(s) is/are tuned outside that pitch range?

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If this question is specific to marching bass drums, you should add the tag drum-corps. –  NReilingh Sep 16 '12 at 19:34
    
@NReilingh: It's not - I'm more interested in rock drums, actually, but I know that they're less likely to be in tune, and drum corps drums are more likely to provide a good reference point. But I'll add it anyway, as it could be answered that way. –  naught101 Sep 16 '12 at 22:29

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When mixing hard rock music the low frequency component of the bass drum usually comes in somewhere between 30Hz and 50Hz, but it's usually not tuned to any specific frequency.

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Thanks, that's a very neat first answer! Welcome to the site! –  naught101 Sep 17 '12 at 22:12

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