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Kick Drum Sound Design for Electronic Dance Music (EDM)

Learn sound design for EDM kick drums and how to mix them using EQ, compression, distortion and more with any synth.
Fuad Murad
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Make full, punchy kick drums using Sylenth 1 or any synthesizer
Tweak kick drums to fit perfectly in the mix
Use EQ, compression, Distortion and more to make your kick drums sound amazing

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
up disappointed.

In this course learn how to design your own amazing kick drum samples that will fit perfectly in the mix.

Course Overview

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.

Course Features

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
  • Distortion
  • EQ
  • Compression
  • Limiting
  • Transient control
  • Tube saturation



Introduction to the course with course objectives and roadmap

Kick Drum Synthesis

Synthesizing the Kick Drum

Learn how to transform a sine wave into a basic kick drum sound using Sylenth 1 using the envelope modulation

Mixing & Processing

Distortion & Harmonics

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

Transient Control

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

Tweaking, Tuning & Matching

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

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