How To EQ A Bass Drum

Easy Drumming That Sounds Hard

Although the sound engineer is the main force behind a fruitful EQuing stage, you as the drummer, have an important role in it as well – one that will actually influence and dictate how successful and fast the EQuing will be. Fortunately for you, in this free drum lesson you’ll be taught important EQuing concepts in a step-by-step approach by DrumLessons.com sound engineer Victor Guidera, and tips on how you can help the sound engineer get the best sound out of the bass drum by DrumLessons.com poster boy Jared Falk.

It’s important that you take the time to learn how to mic a bass drum properly, and learn about common technical terms and theory behind drum set miking for both live and studio settings, before you watch this free video drum lesson on bass drum EQuing. You can educate yourself about these subjects by watching the free video drum lessons “How To Mic A Bass Drum” and “Drum Set Mic Technique Overview“. The knowledge you’ll acquire from those free drum lessons will prove to be invaluable as you learn how to EQ a bass drum.

The sound engineer is as important to the sound of a band in a live concert or record, as the members of the band themselves. So while sound checking, be patient, respect the sound engineer and try to work with him, so that you can get the best sound as possible out of your drums. This goes for your band mates as well.

As soon as you’re done with this free drum lesson on EQuing a bass drum, pick and choose between the free drum lessons “How To EQ A Snare Drum“, “How To EQ Toms“, and “How To EQ Overheads And Cymbals” to learn how to EQ the other instruments on your drum set.




  • Gary says:

    Hi Victor. What Mackie Console were you using.

  • jeremy says:

    What is the console you guys are using?

  • Felix says:

    grettings how about metal bass drum how can be eq? maybe like sean lang sound

  • David N says:

    Victor, what equipment are you using in the studio, please list as I’m currently building my system, and would appreciate your advice !

  • Pat says:

    Have any advice when you’re equing a boundary mic like a shure beta 91a or sennheiser e901?

  • Taylor says:

    I have some questions for Victor, I’m starting college soon and have been trying to think of what I want to do, and I thought maybe I might want to be a sound engineer,
    What classes did you take?
    How long did you go to school for?
    Did you already have some knowledge in the subject before you started?
    Is there any advice you would give?


    • Victor Guidera says:

      I trained at The Art Institute of Vancouver for 2 years. I did not have much technical knowledge prior to training, but I had a huge passion for music, sound, and perception. I would recommend a Recording Arts program to anyone who is musically and technically inclined. You want your work to be your passion 🙂

  • Vasheir says:

    Victor – commenting on the last blooper “Took me 5 times to do that.” LOL I know it is. I’ve done video shoots (both infront and behind the camera). We appreciate what your doing!

  • Daniel says:

    Your shirt seems apathetic about the topic =P

  • Daniël says:

    Another little comment: most engineers will ask you this, but it’s still nice to know; try to hit your (bass-) drums about as hard as you will during the gig, because, the engineer will set the gain on that, if you go and play waaay louder during the gig than when soundchecking, your first bassdrum hits are going to sound really nasty and distorted, and when there’s no or bad protection against overloads you might even blow some speakers to smoke and dust…

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