Bruce Swedien's
Billie Jean Kick Drum Cover

Ever wish you could record a kick drum track as hard hitting as the one on Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean? Well your dream is about to come true. For the first time ever, ASC and Bruce Swedien have joined forces to recreate the original kick drum cover used for Billie Jean. Recorded in 1982, Billie Jean is considered to be one of the most revolutionary songs in history. And now, after 28 years, the secret is finally revealed.

Here's the Famous First Beat

Billie Jean intro

The song was mixed by Bruce Swedien ninety-one times—unusual for Swedien, who usually mixes a song just once. Producer Quincy Jones had told Swedien to create a drum sound that no one had ever heard before. Swedien was also told to add a different element: “sonic personality”. “What I ended up doing was building a drum platform and designing some special little things, like a bass drum cover and a flat piece of wood that goes between the snare and the hi-hat”, Swedien later wrote. “The bottom line is that there aren’t many pieces of music where you can hear the first three or four notes of the drums, and immediately tell what the piece of music is.” He concluded, “But I think that is the case with ‘Billie Jean’—and that I attribute to sonic personality.”

Enter a Whole New World of Recording

Big Recording Engineers like Swedien didn’t acheive fame and fortune by following the status quo. They invented and innovated, employing all kinds of new approaches to old problems. The Billie Jean Kick Drum Cover is just one of those innovations. Equally important is the included guide which explains everything you need to make your kick drum recordings come alive. Now anyone can do it, and we hold nothing back, no secrets will go unexplained.


  • Designed and Certified by 5 time Grammy winning Recording Engineer,
    Bruce Swedien
  • Works with any bass drum up to 28” diameter
  • Easily replaces the front drumhead
  • Attaches using simple elastic drawstring
  • Never wears out, giving years of trouble-free service