A very controlled bass drum head, giving a deep focused punch without overtones getting in the way. If you’re looking for a quick and fat bass drum sound, The Aquarian Super-Kick II Clear is a great choice.
The Aquarian Super-Kick II Clear is made with two plies of clear 7mil film, combined with a narrow felt muffling ring attached to the underside of the head. The muffling ring is partially glued to the head, allowing part of it to “float” more freely as the drumhead is struck. The floating feature of the ring means that it won’t choke the drumhead too much, which keeps some liveliness in the overall sound. The Aquarian Super-Kick II Clear is a controlled and durable bass drum head, with a focused and tight punch.
Across the Super-Kick bass drum head range, the Aquarian Super-Kick II sits right in the middle: Compared to the thicker Super-Kick 10, it is more responsive, less dark, and has slightly more sustain. Compared to the thinner single-ply Super-Kick I, it is more controlled and durable. The overall sound of the Aquarian Super-Kick II is very focused, thanks to the double-ply construction and felt muffling. There is a quick punch, with a short sustain and no overtones. The clear plies give good projection and a brighter attack, before the sound becomes warm and tight. While there is a small amount of sustain, you won’t need to add any other dampening inside the bass drum… Ringing is very quickly stopped by the Super-Kick muffling ring.
The 2-ply design means that Aquarian Super-Kick II can handle heavier playing. The thicker design and clear plies mean you’ll be able to hit hard to get a big sound when needed. Compared to the thicker Super-Kick 10, the Super-Kick II is a little more responsive, which also makes it usable at moderate-low volume levels. Note that for extremely high volume playing, the muffled sound can get lost. Tip: use a microphone or click patch with this drumhead if you need a more cutting attack in very high volume conditions.
If you’re looking for a durable and very focused bass drum head, the Aquarian Super-Kick II Clear is an excellent choice. This drumhead can deliver a big and controlled sound, with the Super-Kick ring removing overtones and creating a deep, short, and punchy thud.