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How to get a sampled kick sounding right.
Old 15th September 2011
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How to get a sampled kick sounding right.

Hey everyone,

I have been using sampled kicks recently and I cant seem to get them sounding right...
ESPECIALLY for lighter/poppier/folkier/indier music.

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Any ideas on how to make it stand out less and fit better overall?


Thanks!
Evan
Old 15th September 2011
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I think your kick is way too 'thud'dy, it needs a lot more high end, around 5k, maybe a bit less around 400hz or 2khz, and some around 100hz (wherever the fundamental of that kick is) for definition. Basically scoop it a bit, it sounds really weak.
Old 15th September 2011
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Why do you want to use samples for this stuff?
Old 15th September 2011
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Why do you want to use samples for this stuff?
agreed. tambo on second song should be performed (or if sampled, at least varied), as it sounds more than slightly robotic as is.

static samples are lowering the otherwise decent quality of your music.

(P.S. I use samples extensively and tend to be ocd about making them interesting)
Old 15th September 2011
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the easiest way is to pick a different kit.
Old 15th September 2011
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I guess I need to buy a new kit. I might just save up for Steven slate platinum.
Old 15th September 2011
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I'm an idiot. I realized I have been putting the velocity up to 100+ which is making it less pillowy... Derr
Old 15th September 2011
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I guess I need to buy a new kit. I might just save up for Steven slate platinum.
I LOVE the slate stuff, but I wouldn't think it would be the right choice for light poppy indie - there'll be some useable stuff, but much of it won't be. Something like BFD might work better for pop/light rock.
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Any ideas on how to make it stand out less and fit better overall?

when in doubt do the opposite

hit it harder, make it bang!!! heh

anyways, just as an unbiased listener, i think you have bigger problems then the kicks... the vocals at times were impossible to understand, especially in the chorus... i don't want to have to think what i think is being said, i want to have to think about what IS being said, you know...

other then that good work man, your stuff has really come along, good job
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