How do you mix your 808 kicks?
I love the warm character of the 808 and got myself the Tape808-Package (cheap & great stuff btw the samples are tuned in G).
I always do my projects from the scratch and ended up in totally different chains of my 808 kickdrum mixing. Usually the 808 kick is lacking of "snap" on "boom" which means they always need some editing.
1. pitch to key - natural sample, no editing
2. pitch to key - natural sample but a lot of distortion for the "boom"
3. pitch to key - heavy lowcut, heavy compression for the "snap"
- mix to taste all 3 layers into a bus, with EQ some peak around 100 htz (usually 110 for track-key is A)
result: is ok , then it depends on finetuning each layer an eq.
there is a lot more possible i am sure, any suggestions? the method from above is ok so far but it needs some hell of fine-corrections. it also offcourse depends on the bass (which makes me dipping the kick around 60-80hz often to make room for the bass)
Once or twice I've compressed the 808 for an effect (so the kick "swallows" all the other drums) but the other 500 times I've recorded an 808, the most processing I would do is to roll off a tiny bit of treble.
The reason they are so popular and sought after is that they sound good by themselves.
a little eq to give it some attitude, or tighten it up a bit (808 is kinda "loose"), and some compression, to fit the tail in the groove mostly. I'm usually not layering the bassdrum. But I know many ppl. do.
i almost always layer it with another drum (often just some sort of short clicky sample) to give it a bit of character. if you're going for a strict miami bass sound you might not do this, but otherwise it almost always sounds better this way to me (of course it's a matter of taste)
dave pensado's kick drum method is similar to mantik's post, and works very well for 808's, or any kick at all actually - it's really made a big difference in my mixes.
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