Kick Drum Sound Design for Electronic Dance Music (EDM)
Finding the right kick drum
sample that fits perfectly in the mix can be difficult and time
consuming. We’ve all been in a situation of going through hundreds of
samples, test-fitting and processing them for hours or days, only to end
In this course learn how to design your own amazing kick drum samples that will fit perfectly in the mix.
In this course learn how to synthesize your own amazing kick drums
that will fit perfectly in the mix. I’ll walk you through designing your
own kick drum from start to finish and even show you how to perfectly match it to actual melodies and loops.
Using LennarDigital’s Sylenth1, we’ll start with a simple sine wave
and end up with huge kick samples. We’ll even test drive the samples
with melody and percussion loops so we can hear how they sound in
action. I’ll then take you through all the effects and plugins to use
to tweak your kick drum sounds.
Even if you don’t own Sylenth1, the techniques you’ll learn in this course can be applied using any software or hardware synthesizer you have.
Learn how to make hundreds of kick drum variations using these tips
and techniques. Stop going through hundreds of samples and save yourself
time and frustration.
- Kick drum design
- Transient control
- Tube saturation
Introduction to the course with course objectives and roadmap
Kick Drum Synthesis
Learn how to transform a sine wave into a basic kick drum sound using Sylenth 1 using the envelope modulation
Mixing & Processing
Use distortion to add harmonics and give the kick drum enough top end attack to cut through busy mixes
Shape the attack and release characteristics of your kick drums using compression and parallel compression
Use EQ and filtering to clean up your kick drum sound, fatten up its fundamental frequencies and make room for other instruments
In this section you'll learn some very useful techniques to make sure the transients of your kick drums are well controlled to allow you to get the most punch and power out of them
Ensure that the peak and level of your kick drums stay constant and consistent each and every time they hit
Get creative and layer your synthesized kicks with other sounds and samples to get even more variation and to add your personal touches
In this section we'll tweak the settings of our kick drum in Sylenth 1 as we listen to various melody and percussion loops. This is an excellent exercise where you will learn how to tune and match your kick drums based on the different melodies