11th January 2008
Tips & Techniques:Drums - kick drum - poor technique remedy
I don't know about you but a lot of the drummers that come into my studio (even experienced ones) come in and smash their beater into the kick drum so that it actually has two transients. one for the initial hit and one for when it bounces off and hits again. it can sound really ugly.
heres what I do to fix this.
A: duplicate the kick drum track.
B: label one Transient, label two DECAY
C: instantiate a gate on the transient track and key it off the high end. usually exclusively in that above 12 k region.
obviously the attack and release can be VERY quick. make it sound fake. and make sure you exclude the second "bouncy transient" of each hit.
D: take the decay track, first find that frequency range that you usually scoop out, around 270-350 Hz... and run a low pass filter on it around that frequency.
This accomplishes three things.
First it helps give that scooped sound, second it helps define the low end of the kick without ignoring the decay. three it lets you control the ratio of attack to decay.
thanks for reading
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