Every drummer needs a quality drum pedal. Lucky for you, at Sweetwater, that's all we carry. Browse our drum pedals and beaters to find what you need.
Most drummers select a pedal based on their personal preferences and the type of music they play. When it comes to types, there are various pedals to choose from.
One of the main things to look at when selecting a pedal is whether it has a single beater or more. A single drum pedal has only one footboard and one beater. The simplicity of its design helps its popularity. You can find drummers of every musical genre using it.
Double pedals usually have one floorboard and two beaters which provide a dual sound. As a result, each of your foot strokes will produce two strikes. Some designs take this a step further, so now you can also grab a three-beater pedal.
Other than by the number of beaters, drum pedals can also be differentiated according to their drive system. Pedal drives which connect your footboard to the beater. Sweetwater carries three main types of drive systems: chain, direct and belt drives.
Want to play it safe? Then a chain drive is what you need. These pedals have chains that connect the beater to the footboard. This type is the most common one you'll see. We carry both single- and double-chain drives. Single-chain drive pedals are preferred by beginners because they are simple and more affordable than double-chain drives. Intermediate and above-level players tend to prefer double-chain drive pedals.
Looking for something modern? Today's belt-drive pedals are amazingly durable and dependable. They have a lighter feel than the chain-drive pedals because the belt reduces friction. They are also stiffer than chains, which reduces your possibility of collapsing on the upstroke.
Want high precision and speed above all else? Then a direct-drive pedal is a good choice for you. Since these pedals have beaters and floorboards that are directly connected, there is no chance of flexing or collapsing, so control is constant and consistent. This holds true especially for heel-down players.
One final note - make sure you get the right pedals and beaters for your type of drum, whether it's a bass or kick drum.
Whether you're just starting out or you've been drumming for years, having solid drum pedals and beaters is essential for creating amazing sound. If you have questions about any of the brands or pedal models, give our Sales Engineers a call. You can tell us about your drum kit and we'll help you narrow down your options. We're all musicians at Sweetwater, so we love to talk shop and get you back to making music!
Sweetwater's Sales Engineers are regarded as the most experienced and knowledgeable professionals in the music industry, with extensive music backgrounds and intense training on the latest products and technologies. They are available to offer you personalized product advice any time you need it.