I've been trying to get a good sound out of a kick drum that didn't have a hole in the front skin. The drum was well tuned and sound okay in the studio, altough there was a lot of ringing in it. Anyway, here's the setup i've had... The drum: a Yamaha Maple Custom with a 18" Kick. The console was a Néotek Elan... the mics i've try were a AKG D112, a Shure Beta 52 and a AE 2500. The sound I always had was a vague woomff that didn't have any attack at all since I wasn't able to get to the beater. Is there some other of capturing the attack? Should I've mic the beater on the front skin... I don't really know how, I'm affraid I'll get a lot sound from the chain. I'd also tough of completly removing the front skin but I dindn't have time. Any suggestion? What happen is during the mix, I wasn't able to to get it to sound right/tight with the bass. I know I could've use a trigger, but I did'nt had time... The band sounded a bit like Martin, Medinski and Wood... kind of a funky groove jazz combo.