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Recording/producing DIY kicks without a real kick drum

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Smeefer
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Does anyone else record random sounds and try to EQ them into kick/bassdrum samples?

I've found it to be way more challenging compared to recording/producing snares and hihats. My goal is to produce kicks that sound just as nice as roland 808 or 909s. Big deep booming fat kicks that make hip hop and electronic tracks sound great.

I've played around a lot with LADSPA EQs and filters, but i haven't been able to reach my goal yet. Is there some kind of secret trick to it? If anyone else carves kicks out of sound samples, please let me know what you do. I generally find a sound that already leans in the kick direction, then I use a multiband EQ to raise the gain on 50 to 250Hz, sometimes all the way to 350Hz, then use a LP filter and cut somewhere around 300-500Hz. Sometimes i use distortion plugins, vibratto plugins to experiment.

I'm attaching my favorite kick from one of my latest drumkits. You will know what i mean when you hear it. It sounds like a kick, yes, but it's not going to make the house fall apart, if you know what i mean. I think my best kicks are just so-so, but i want to make them fantastic floor-shaking powerful boom kicks. I need some advice from a sound engineer.

PS - nevermind, i can't attach WAVs. If anyone wants to hear some of my kick samples, give me your e-mail and I'll send a few of them packed into a tarball.

Smeefer
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I just made a really nice kick sample (nice like Roland TR-808 or 909 nice). I found it in a recording session and it's completely accidental - the sample came from a random gush wind or air that was originally clipping. I lowered the stereo amplitude. After that i hardly needed to EQ or LP filter any of it! For some reason, i just lucked out and the sample sounds like a great booming thundering bassy kick that's perfect for a hip-hop, drum n bass or any kind of EDM style beat. You can hear it (along with another DIY kick) in my upcoming uptempo track "Morning Beans," dedicated to coffee and featuring only perc samples that were recorded during a latte-making session.

harrydotson
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