Questions about Sub Kick Part 2


I believe that if we talk about innovations in the field of music, there are few who boast many and important ones and among them, there are certainly: The Beatles.

You may like them or not like them, but no one will take away the merit of having started so many innovations and revolutions in the field of studio recordings. True pioneers of modern music.

It is therefore said that it was Paul Mc Cartney who, while recording Paperback Writer in 1966, was not at all satisfied with how his bass came out.

He then decided, with the reasoning I explained above, to place a speaker in front of his amplifier, in reverse,  all this without knowing exactly how the sub kick works.

In fact, the ” trick ” was already known to many recording studios that in fact retrieved woofers from studio boxes and used them to capture low frequencies. Mc Cartney was the first to use it also for the bass sound.

At that time the speakers of the Yamaha NS10 were often used because due to a defect the tweeters were unusable for listening after a short time.


Selling a loudspeaker mounted on iron support probably would not have had that hoped appeal, so it was provided (in the case of Yamaha) with custom-made Philippine 7-layer birch and mahogany stem, mounted on a special stand. Very nice to see, but costing around €300.

It’s the marketing gentlemen.


Yes, you can build a Sub kick by yourself and it’s pretty easy to do it.

Obviously we must first understand how the sub kick works and how to assemble it.

There are dozens of tutorials on how to get a Sub kick at home and cheaply, but it’s not the subject of this post and therefore I won’t go into details, also because I’m really a disaster with DIY.


In conclusion, it is clear that the Sub kick helps. It doesn’t really matter which frequencies the other microphones don’t capture or more likely the frequencies that are generated by the loudspeaker.

What is more important is that when you put it forward at the checkout, you notice an improvement in the capture of low frequencies and help to have a better cash sound.

It is proved that it is not only an advantage for those who play at high volumes but also those who have a light touch and use a felt pad can benefit from using the Sub kick.

Obviously the tastes and the ear of every musician will then give the final judgment, but if the purpose of the article was to understand what it is for and how the sub kick works, I think I have given an answer.

It is equally obvious that you don’t have to choose a Sub kick (like any other tool or accessory) just because an artist you like fits it. Often those are commercial agreements and not real needs. Some of them might see this accessory mounted without even knowing exactly how the sub kick works. So as with all the articles I review this time, I ask you to listen with your ears before making the purchase.

The fact that I focused on the Yamaha is a case due to the widespread use of the model produced by the Japanese company, but there are many artisans ones, also of good quality, and it is also relatively simple to build one with a limited cost (especially if you are already in possession of the loudspeaker).

Have you tried one? Do you have anything else to add or something to correct? Write to me in the comments.

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