Sticker's Modern Rock Kick Drum Tips 1. I prefer a front head but with a decent size whole. I think the best place for the whole slightly of center horizontally but centered vertically. 2. Place Mic 3-5 inches away from inside head. I usually end up pointing the mic half way between the beater and rim, centered horizontally. 3. Use a pillow for dampening. 4. loosen drum head to get more snap. (to what degree i still need to work on a bit) 5. most important...USE THE PLASTIC SIDE OF THE BEATER.