26th April 2008
Tips & Techniques:How to make a kick stand out more in a mix
If you are reading this, you are probably familiar with general studio techniques (compression, etc.)
Obviously, a compression with enough attack time (if you wanna get technical, do it by the bpm [maybe a 32nd note's worth of attack?]) and release (the same... maybe quarter notes for release time) is common to help a kick stand out.
A technique I use (similar to the other thread here about using a signal generator to fatten the kick) is to duplicate the track, and pitch-shift (I use logic; a built in plugin, often used for vocals) up an octave; on the original track, pitch shift down an octave or a perfect fifth (often these are in half steps, btw, so octave= 13 steps, P5= 7 steps), and mix it to a pleasing level. This plug-in usually works with a wet/dry signal (octaved, original).
The up track will help bring out slaps, while the down track will bring out the sub-freqs.
Just experiment with the idea.
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