How to make Drum & Bass and Dubstep drums: Kick

May 15, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized 

Background information:

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You can easily identify a track from a rookie musician. They don’t have that punch to their drums. The kick and snare are too soft in the overall mix, and they are almost inaudible. When i started to produce, i was looking for a long time for the secret to “making fat drums”.

Today I will tell you the way to make punchy kick. We’ll look at how to layer the kick drum and then how to process it with compressor and EQ.

First of all, let’s talk about the layering. In sound layering, we take the best part from every component sound until we are completely satisfied with our overall sound.

Today we look at layering as if it’s a bunch of flowers you might give to your girlfriends.

As I mentioned earlier, we are now layering a kick drum. To do this we need several different one shot kick samples. In every kick i use here there is something i want to hear in the resultant sound. In one of them I liked the attack of the kick, in another the body of the kick drum, in a third, the bass tail. You will need to collect the parts you like to make the resulting kick.

All one shot samples I put in Drumrack – my favourite drum machine.
Let’s listen to the samples I chose.

Once the samples are selected, we only need the part of the sample that we like. So we cut everything except these parts.

- In Kick1 I liked the attack. So i leave only the attack of the kick.
- In Kick2 I removed the attack.
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 In Kick3 i remove the attack and remove the bass a little bit and cleaned the tail.
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 Kick4 i leave unchanged.

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