Double Bass Pedals or Double Bass Drums?

Some people use two bass drums to give them a great drumming pattern, although the cost can be too much for some. In fact, do you really need two bass drums for this effect when you can get just the same effect with a double bass pedal? Let’s have a look at this and consider the advantages of each.

Using Double Bass Drums

If you use a double drum pedal set-up your kit will look pretty awesome, and very professional. However, are you spending your money for looks or for effect? Yes, two drums will enable you to add other pieces of percussion kit without them looking out of place, because your drums offer an extended playing area. However, you also have to cart them around with you, and this might be one drum too many for some drummers.

A large set-up might look impressive, but is it practical and is it necessary for the effect you are trying to achieve? These are not the only problems: how about the tuning? It is not always easy to get two bass drums to sound the same, and your beat might not be right on the button if you use two different drums to achieve it. If you can do it, then it is likely that technically, two bass drums are better than one with a double pedal. However, if you can’t then you will likely have problems.

Another problem many drummers come across with double pedals is lag. While individual pedals for each drum offer instant response, using two for one drum will almost always involve a lag between the right and left irrespective of the type of drive used. In most cases this is very slight, but when recording the lag is amplified and is why you need a pair of bass drums in a recording studio. Otherwise, the lag is so small that it is not generally noticeable.

Using Double Bass Pedals with one Drum

It is cheaper to use double drum pedals than two bass drums. This is sufficient reason for the majority of drummers to choose the double pedals. Not all of us have the space or the cash to spare for extra drums, even if you can find a second pedal to match the first.

The difference in the result is very small, and is fine for most drumming needs. You may have to take some time in setting up the kit, and getting the beaters to hit correctly so that you get the same sound from each beater. However, it is worth taking the time to do this in order to get the best result from the cheaper option of double pedals.

It is also possible to set the left hand pedal exactly where it suits you best – close to the hi-hat pedal is probably best so you can switch from to the other quickly. Double bass drum pedals also enable you drum faster, and where you need very quick beats the double pedal set-up can offer an advantage over a double drum.


You cannot beat two bass drums if you have the space and finance to accommodate them. However, the advantages of these are minimal if you set up a double bass pedal properly. You save on cost, save on space and can often drum with a faster beat. The lag is generally not noticeable by anybody other than expert musicians, and double bass pedals are preferred by most drummers for these reasons.


Should you go to the expense of two bass drums, or will double bass pedals give you the same effect? A discussion of the two indicates that while recording drummer may prefer two drums, most would be better using double pedals.

Post time: 12-01-2017