Double Pedals
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Double Pedals

Double kick pedals

For metal bands and in the 1970s in general, the simple rule was:
2 feet - 2 pedals - 2 bass drums. least.
Until someone connected the two pedals with a cardan shaft a few years ago and put the beater of one pedal to the other pedal.
The double pedal was born and from then on you could start a double bass thunderstorm - with only one bass drum, on which the two mallets now slammed.

The advantages:

Both strokes have the same sound because they hit the same head.
The drummer has to drag one less bass drum to the gig.
And there's more space for merchandise on the band bus.

Joking aside... Double kick pedals have become the standard in comparison to double bass drum sets. And so most single pedals with all their details, features and benefits are also available as double versions.

The right double kick pedal for your individual drumming style

also do a lot of things wrong. Because every kick is a move that you should execute ergonomically and mechanically correct. If you don't, it can lead to tension in the muscle system, complications with ligaments and tendons, to an incorrect posture of the body and the misalignment and deformation of the feet. A carefully and properly selected double kick pedal fits like a tailor-made pair of shoes for your individual playing style. So let's beat out the difference!

The power train

The transmission of power from the feet to the bass drum requires a mechanism that can be divided into three types: Belt drive, chain drive and direct drive. Of all of them, the pressing down of the pedals is translated into the rolling motion of a shaft. The beater mounted on the shaft swings forward and hits the batter head or pad.

Belt Drive

Double kick pedals with belt drive are on the retreat nowadays and can still only be found in the inexpensive entry-level models. They have a more cozy way of working and are not as direct as the other mechanics.

Chain Drive

The chain drive is the most common type. The chain, in the design of a bicycle chain in single or double version, transmits power directly to the shaft without loss, but also allows the pedal the necessary slack for an agile and lively interaction with the foot. This can feel like the pedal itself is grooving along.

Direct Drive

Double kick Pedals with direct drive are the F1 among the double pedals. It's all about 100ths of a second here, you might think. With a well-adjusted and finely tuned direct drive double pedal (and the right talent), you can kick the most capricious figures and hit the most precise 128ths of a second. It's all a question of physics.

Adjustment options

In the best case, the beater of your double kick pedal strikes the center of the bass drum in an angular motion.

Beater length

The longer the mallet arms, the more force must be brought to bear on the pedals. However, the slower the beat will be. As mentioned, it's physics. A mallet that is adjustable in length and thus in centrifugal force is therefore advantageous, because you can save your energy and play faster.

Variable weights

In addition to the adjustable mallet, some double kick pedals have centrifugal weights on the mallet shafts, with which a precise "flying weight" can be adjusted.

Spring tension

Most important is the adjustable preload of the return spring. It determines the speed in which the mechanism returns to the starting position and in which it is ready for the next beat.

Tilt angle

The angle between the position of the footplate and the position of the mallet should also be adjustable in the best case. Since the performance of each drummer is unique, your double kick pedal should be able to be individualized to you here.

The beaters of your double kick pedal

Felt or wood - rubber or carbon?

The type of material defines the stroke dynamics and the sound. In the case of E-Drums in your living room, this also controls the volume of the inherent noise. A wooden mallet or a mallet with a carbon head produces more rebound and is louder than a rubber or felt mallet.

Beaters with changeable heads

Many double kick pedals are equipped with mallets whose interchangeable heads have different materials on the front and back. On almost all double kick pedals, the mallets can also be exchanged.

The most important advice at the end

Be sure to test which double kick pedal is right for you. The pedal is the most important mechanical part of your drum kit. And as mentioned before, a good double kick pedal should fit like a taylor-made pair of shoes. You'll know when you've found it!