Instead of boosting up your beats, is your kick drum’s music bringing the band and the music down? Having a kick drum is an important feature of any mix and any band, so learn today how you should make sure you keep it the leading star of the tune. A kick drum, that is mundane and without life, is definitely going to bring down the energy level of your whole tune and track.
Especially if the tunes you are making are from more jumpy genres like rock or pop. Although having a kick drum is always known to be an important feature of such upbeat genres, it is often not utilized in the right way to its best potential to bring the life into the music.
There are many tools available for you to help bring your kick drum up to be the hero of the tune by sandpapering and cleaning up your music tracks. Such tools will be able to work whether your piece of music is from live instruments or from virtual instruments. Here in this article we are going to take you through these tools to help you find back your hero, the kick drum.
Everyone who has basic knowledge in editing music always gets to the EQ to modify it when they want to mix a track. However, it has been proven that over 90 percent of the time, they are not exactly clear on how to use and get help with the EQ. What ends up happening is that your music track tends to be boosted up with a bass which is low frequency.
This means no effective improvement in your track as your already low tone kick drums would just get even more low toned and rocky. The key of using EQ is that you should allow high frequency filters into your low frequency bass sounds. Using kick drums means that a part of your music would be covered with extremely low frequency sounds and having a high pitch filter for this would help you uncover these bits to complete your track’s mix.
With this basic idea in mind, remember that you can handle your low pitched kick drums with just a meagre 6 decibel or octave at 20 hertz. If you feel that your kick drums are lower and that you are missing out on more low notes, then you can hike up on the frequency you are using. Try not to go higher than 1.5 kilohertz unless you are really sure of what you are doing. Also remember that if your music has input from other instruments, especially acoustic guitars, then you should pay closer attention to ensure that their tunes and pitches have not been put off by your tuning of the kick drums.
Full band compression traps
Handling EQ is a big skill itself, but not all those who can handle EQs can go onto handling compression. In compression, there are two main settings; one is the attack setting and another is the release time settings. Anyone who fails to compress a piece of tune properly indirectly shows that they underestimate the two main settings and play around with them beyond the suggested limits. What we suggest you do is that you should get the attack part at least to about 20 milliseconds. Then get a ratio of about 2:1 and then put up a threshold of about a few decibels to get gain reduction. This way you can get a good twist to your tune but at the same time you do not tone down the sharp yet low beats of your kick drum entirely.
Power user enveloper methods
Full band compression techniques are really useful and productive, but there is something even better than that and it is called the Power User Enveloper method. You first need an Enveloper plug in for this to work.
Many people have actually tried this plug in and have given up way too fast. When you insert this Enveloper plug in directly into your kick track then you are bound to get a tune which seems to be fake and artificial. However if you make a copy of your kick drum’s track and then use the Enveloper before your EQ your track then you are leaving your original track in place while the Enveloper works its magic n your music.
Low end tricks with a Multipressor
EQ would definitely be the easiest way to add some weight to your music, but Multipressor might do it faster and better for some people. The weight added to you music is also more consistent and commendable under the Multipressor system.
Confused with all the technical terms? All you need to do is to contact us, The Band Booth, to seek help from our experience team at our recording studio in Melbourne. We will guide you through the technical details and processes in a simple way as well as make your process of recording and editing your kick drums a lot easier than you would imagine!