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Direct Drive (drum pedal)

A bass drum pedal mechanism where the beater is directly connected to the pedalboard. (As opposed to a belt or chain drive, where the beater is connected to the pedalboard using a flexible belt or chain.)

Direct drive offers a more instantaneous connection between pedal and beater motion; opinions vary among players as to whether this is a good or bad thing. Those whose performances and style rely on fast action, quickly repeated notes and blast beats, and high volume tend to prefer direct drive, as the pedal responds exactly to what the player is doing and because all of the energy of each footstroke is translated to the beater, with nothing lost in the physical connection.

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