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There is a story of noted British percussionist Gary Kettel being asked by a conductor how to get more tone out of a bass drum. He scratched his head and finally said: "Well, maestro, you could tell 'im to 'it it 'arder".
You need to measure the primary frequency your drum puts out, convert that to a wavelength, then set your drums that distance or half that distance from a sound-reflective back wall. Probably somewhere in the neighborhood of 10-20 or 5-10 feet for the half distance. A fourth of that distance (which is unfortunately a more likely location) will actually ...
One technique my college band used, since we were using electronics anyway, was to mike the drum and play it with an extremely soft beater so as to minimize the ictus. Then, with amplification, you can adjust the volume up very high so that the resonant boom caries well.
all my teachers recommended that I use double strokes for evenness of sound and speed. a lot of teachers might claim that for evenness of sound you should use alternating sticking. this is highly variable and does not always apply though. i think you're partly right in your answer, but there's nothing wrong with playing repeatedly in the same spot on a ...
There are some VSTi like Wizoo Darbuka and Desert Beats which do what you describe more or less. But they come for a price.
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