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lunes, 16 de junio de 2008

How to make/improve a phat kickdrum in FL Studio


By Doug Eisengrein

You'll need a basic shell to begin creating a thick, strong kick. The classics always work: Roland TR-808, 909 or other famous drums. For example, if you use a sampler, understand that not all "808 Kick" samples are the same; some sound great, and some just plain suck. Seek out a 808 sample, or use something else that is simply bigger sounding. REMEMBER, the time you spend finding sweet original sources won't be in vain, especially if you reuse the resulting samples for multiple songs


Customize whatever you bite. Treat your samples as a sculptor would treat clay; mold each one to create a trademark sound for yourself. One effective way to customize a fat kick is to take a tip from the synth manufacturers: If a sound is thin, pile another (or a few more) on top. When doing so, it's important to use different sounds; layering two identical kicks will result in a louder kick, but it won't change the basic tone. Remember the sculptor approach here: Even if you are using two good-sounding individual samples, they may not instantly sound great together. For example, I find that when layering kicks, while the thickness may be good, sustain is often overkill. The final result often benefits from a little doctoring on the tail of one (or both) of the samples and other hands-on sonic surgery.


Once a nice, basic kick is achieved, applying a compressor (to just the kick) can go a long way toward creating a signature sound and a huge kick. Compression is one of those "secret spices," and how to apply it is a whole topic in itself. One recommendation I will make, however, is to use a multiband compressor. With one of those, you can isolate compression on certain frequency ranges. That is perfect if, for example, you want to push the sub of your kick without emphasizing the higher frequencies (which often affect the tone of the attack), or vice-versa. EQ comes after compression in my signal chain. By now the kick should already sound pretty fat; I aim to shave unnecessary frequencies here rather than artificially boosting too much. I often scoop out mids and highs, especially frequencies above about 500 Hz. Even though I like thick, deep kicks, unless I'm going for a really dublike sound, I often truncate the lowest frequencies (usually the sub-50 Hz frequencies). Even when you can't hear the difference when trimming frequencies, doing so can really tighten up your kicks.

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