Drum Pedal – Components, Types, & How to Transfer Energy into Sound

The drum pedal is a familiar instrument for drum players and music bands’ members. This instrument makes it easy to produce a drum sound with just your feet. But have you ever wondered what drum pedals’ components and types are and how you can use it to transfer energy into sound?

To know the answer, we will break it down into a few of the different most-asked questions about this drum instrument. Keep rolling to find out!

How Many Parts Does a Bass Drum Pedal Have?

The best bass drum pedal can generate unique and high-quality bass sounds. So, what parts does a bass drum pedal have? 

Here are the six main parts of drum pedals, and each of them has a unique function!

The Footplate – Fig.1

The footplate (fig. 1) is the base of your drum pedal. This part can come with different shapes and sizes, and these features can affect the sound. Not all footplates need to have one standard when it comes to the shapes of their surfaces and the size of their heads. 

While a footplate with a flat surface can make the sound more “attack,” the one with a bigger head can make the bass drum sounds louder. 

The Pedal Spur – Fig. 2

The pedal spur’s job is to keep the whole pedal dig not to move around while you are playing. This part is located on the drum pedal’s footplate and is extendable. Before extending it, you will need to push your foot on its pedal to see if it can move. 

The Hoop Clamp – Fig. 3

A hoop clamp is the part that is attached to the hoop of the bass drum. Its function is to help us modify the beater’s weight. By sliding the counterweight up and down, you can change the drum’s volume and feel it “lighter” or “heavier”. 

The Footboard – Fig. 4

Footboards come with two types, longboard, and shortboard. Longboards are normally flat and come with a hinge to help the music player use the whole footboard.

Shortboards are a little bit different. They have a hinge that is located in the front instead of behind the heel like longboards. Some models of pedals also allow users to convert the boards. 

There are longboard and shortboard drum pedal

The Drive – Fig. 5

This part is the main thing to help the pedal to move. Normally, it can be a piece of solid object, a chain, or a belt that has been attached to the cam – fig. 6 and the footplate – fig 1. 

The Cam – Fig. 6 

When you push the pedal down, the cam will help the beater to move forward. The cams might come in different shapes. While a round-shape cam can give you predictable responses, oblong or oval cams are able to give out louder notes. 

Types of Pedal Mechanism 

Besides the first six most notable and essential parts, a drum pedal also has different types of mechanisms that we need to know. These are the list of the mechanisms! 

The Direct Drive

When the strap drive is soft, and the chain drive comes with the same chain, the direct drives appear with a slightly curved or straight rod. This drive is also located between the cam and the footboard. 

What makes this drive different is that it will give you a direct feeling and is suitable for those who want to make really fast hits. If you want something less predictable and straightforward, the other drives can do better for you. 

The Chain Drive

The chain drive is located as the “connection” between the cam and the footboard. This part was made to transfer the movement of your foot to the beater. Nowadays, you can easily find a single chain or double chain for your own purposes. Those chains are pretty flexible, do not stretch after time, and normally are the same at sizes. 

A drum pedal’s chain drive

The Belt Drive / Strap Drive

While many people choose chain drive, others like to pick belt drive (or strap drive) to create the most organic and the softest feel. 

Transfer the Bass Drum Pedal’s Energy into Sound

As we mentioned above, the cam’s job is to help the beater to move forward. Therefore, the sound is created. In this section, let’s take a look at how different cams can transfer the drum pedal’s energy into sound. 

The two main types of cams are rocker cam and driver cam. While the rocker cam can transfer and keep the spring’s tension to the axle, the driver cam was made to dictate how energy is transferred. 

Amid these two cams, rocker cams are less noticeable as driver cams. However, they have the same roles and are all important when it comes to your pedal’s movements. On the other hand, driver cams are much larger and come with three main types: eccentric, concentric, and adjustable. 

First, the eccentric cams are there to delay the energy that is transferred from the drum pedal’s boot to its beater. This cam can make you feel a little bit slower after a stroke but then accelerate later to add more power in. 

Concentric cams can smoothly transfer the energy from the beginning to the end, and adjustable cams let music players change between eccentric and concentric cams easily.

Drive cam from drum pedal

In a Whole

The drum pedal may just be a small instrument on your feet that sometimes cannot even be noticeable. How we choose it and use it, on the other hand, requires much understanding about its components, types, & how it can transfer energy into sounds. 

After leading you through the essential information about the drum pedal, we hope you have found this article useful for choosing or using this musical instrument. Now, have a good time playing with this interesting tool, and we will see you in our next sharing!

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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