Our History

Airlogic Percussion, Ltd. is a small company located near Cleveland, Ohio U.S.A. Airlogic Percussion designs and manufactures single and double bass drum pedals covered under their U.S. Patent No. 11,450,299. The first Airlogic pedals debuted at the 1997 NAMM show in Anaheim, California. The pedals were the first to receive a U.S. Patent for a pneumatic bass drum pedal return mechanism replacing the usual spring return system. The single bass drum pedals were offered in red, blue, black and green anodized finishes. The spring mechanism found on most pedals was replaced by a rolling diaphragm that compressed air in a cylinder resulting in a beater return force through the rolling diaphragm and attached piston. The piston was guided by a linear bearing located at the top of the air cylinder that kept the rolling diaphragm displacement centered in the air cylinder.

Due to the linear bearing guiding the piston and diaphragm, the cylinder would pivot when the pedal was depressed. These pedals functioned in a range of 30 to 80 PSI. At the time of the 1997 NAMM show, only a single pedal was available, later a double pedal became available. Although this design was unique and provided a smooth playing action, the rolling diaphragm proved to be problematic in it’s reliability. The rolling diaphragm would become thin from wear and eventually leak air due to the amount of work the rolling diaphragm was experiencing. It was at this point that the Airlogic pedals were no longer marketed.

Many design changes were incorporated to improve the life of the rolling diaphragm, however, none of these changes proved to make the rolling diaphragm as reliable as the conventional spring. It wasn’t until 2021 that a new design was developed that proved to be as reliable if not more reliable than a spring with a feel and action that was different from all other pedals on the market including the original Airlogic pedals.

The new design replaced the rolling diaphragm with a flat diaphragm design that is much thicker than the rolling diaphragm. This flat design provided the required amount of beater travel without the need for the diaphragm to roll or invert itself. The linear bearing that was used to guide the piston was eliminated as well as the pivot point on the air cylinder. This reduced the amount of moving parts and drastically reduced any inherent friction.

Additionally, the piston that is attached to the flat diaphragm is spherical vs. cylinder shaped so that the working diameter and resulting force on the piston changes as the pedal is functioned. This new design doubled the resulting return force on the piston, improving pedal speed and feel. This design has proven to be able to provide the drummer with the ability to play at very fast speeds without a great amount of return force as is required with spring pedals. These pedals are commonly played at pressures of 30 to 120 PSI. This new design was awarded a U.S. Patent in 2022.

Along with the diaphragm design changes, other changes were incorporated into the new Airlogic pedals including constant velocity/zero backlash universal joints for the double pedal, an adjustable cam lift enhancer, a footboard that provides the use of adjustable grip features, a hoop clamp mount system that is accessible from the topside of the pedal.

As with the original Airlogic pedals, the air cylinders can be pressurized through the use of a built-in pump mechanism located at the bottom of the cylinder. Air pressure can be released by depressing the pressure release ball located on the front of the cylinder. A miniature air gage is also attached to the front of the cylinder to quantify the actual air pressure inside the cylinder.

Airlogic Percussion now offers double pedals in both lefthand and righthand configurations. The double pedals can be separated and played as two single pedals as well. The pedals are now a combination of powder coated and anodized finishes. All pedals are black and turquoise in color.

Springless Bass Drum Pedal
Springless Bass Drum Pedal