We have a new drummer who doesn't have a port hole in his kick drum head. Is it possible to get a great/good/decent kick sound if there is no hole?
I'm afraid we won't have any attack or click of the kick and that it will be a loose, mushy sound. For our sound, we need punch/thump and attack.
Yesterday was his first show with us, using our equipment and his kit. He had a cheap kick mic from some brand I had never heard. That could have been part of the problem, but I think the lack of a hole was the bigger problem. We ended up fighting low-end feedback. We didn't have time to fight the feedback, so we just had to turn the kick down to where it was barely noticeable.
If we had a Beta52, or D6, or any decent kick mic in that range, would we be able to get any useful sound from this kick? To me, it would be like amplifying a marching bass drum.
We may offer to let the band chip in for a new kick head as long as it has a hole in it and our logo on it. That way, he isn't out any money by cutting a hole in his head. He's a good drummer that we don't want to lose, but we also can't compromise on our sound quality.