A principal element of drumming is the feel of the low-end bass. This can sometimes be lost particularly when playing on stage with an electronic drum set.
The ButtKicker is a one-of-a-kind transducer for amplified bass experience that you can attach to your drum throne (or other pieces of hardware).
I never quite forget the first time I went on stage and felt the bass response of the kick drum as I was playing.
Let the ButtKicker replicate this experience at all times, while practicing and on stage.
Getting tactile feedback on your playing not only adds to the buzz, it help you stay in the groove and locked in.
How does Buttkicker work?
Unlike ordinary subwoofers, which produce those low tones with a sort of sound pressure, the ButtKicker LFE relies on an effective response in contact with pieces of hardware.
Connect the ButtKicker to your mixer or sound system, and feel the vibrations! The ButtKicker vibrates and shake the piece of furniture it’s installed on in response to low frequencies.
The ButtKicker isn’t just used for music; it’s also used by many people in the home. It also provides you with a genuine bass/vibrating feel when you’re watching an action movie or playing a video games.
What’s the point of the ButtKicker?
Low end sound frequencies can be felt even more than heard.
Think about the last time you’ve been to a concert or festival. Low end frequencies can feel like they are shaking your entire body. Think about that big bass line or cutting four-to-the-floor dance track.
If you’re listening to music through a set of tin cans, this end of the spectrum is almost completely lost.
A very good subwoofer can provide this. However, not many people have the studio size or room acoustics for a good experience with a sub.
If you’re keenly listening to music nowadays, you’ll realize that good use of sub-frequencies are really on the increase even for low budget records. This is helped through better quality production technology and personal monitoring.
From a drumming perspective, hitting a kick drum moves a huge amount of air. It can really be felt as a physical presence.
The technical aspects
The ButtKicker is a 2-Ohm device that responds and vibrates to frequencies in the 5Hz-200Hz range.
The vibration is produced via the moving of a special piston that’s placed inside the ButtKicker. This piston has magnetic suspension and starts moving when it’s triggered by low frequencies.
The minimum power required by this device is 400W and it shouldn’t go beyond 1500W.
As for the amplification, this ButtKicker device needs to be connected to a proper amplifier. While it can work with many of them, it’s recommended to pair it with the BKA1000-N amplifier. It’s also produced by ButtKicker Company.
You can see how ButtKicker’s work in this video:
The pros and cons
The greatest advantage of the ButtKicker is that you’ll hardly find as a powerful bass-enhancing device as this one in that price range.
Another perk of this transducer is its durability and simple use. There are no special maintenance requirements. You just plug it into another device and enjoy the bass sounds.
As for the cons, it might not be the best choice for people living in an apartment, due to its vibrations. Further.
Next, its casing will be a bit heavy for some users. Still, once you’ve placed it on your drum throne, there’s no need to move it around all the time.
Conclusion on the ButtKicker
If you feel like you’re not getting enough feel from your drumming, think about trying out the ButtKicker. You might just be blown away!
Trying to explain the idea of a Tactile Transducer might be greatly lost on a non-musician or one with little interest in multimedia systems. However, It can seriously intensify the bass feeling for musicians, music enthusiasts, and even regular consumers of home multimedia features alike.
One of the main reasons that people opt for acoustic drum set over Electronic Drum Sets is the ‘feel’ of the kit. This is one step closer to the real feel of playing behind a kit, while still keeping all of your neighbors happy!
Until next time,