There are a few ways to get the thump you want from a kick drive. Tweaking a kick drive pedal for optimal sound and performance can make a world of differance. Tweaking is based on or considered a way to make the sound desired based on personal preferance.
Kick drum pedals have two adjustments. There is a spring adjustment and a rocker arm adjustment. The rocker arm determines how far back the drum beater will come back. Setting the beater about halfway back is a good place to start. It may take several adjustments to get the sound you are looking for, but is an option worth tinkering around with.Is this new to you? Catch up here
The spring adustment is the tension of the beater. Make sure that if you need to adjust this for performance that it is halfway between the drum and its resting position when you rest your foot on the pedal. The beater needs to be able to swing, but not too much. Every person has a different build and weighs different, so if you are having to work hard for your pedal function, this is something to really consider especially if you don’t want to tire and plan to play for long periods of time.
Expermenting with the height of the drum beater is another good option to reflect on the sound desired. Adjusting the beater to different heights changes the tone of the drum. It doesn’t have to sit in the center of the drum, this too is based on personal preferance.
Finally consider putting your set up on a piece of carpet, this can prevent your drums or your pedal from moving around, which also can affect the sound.
Before giving up on getting the sound you are looking for, try making some adjustments that have been mentioned above and see the differences for yourself.