He talks about why you’ll want to use a compressor on the kick where most kicks have been programmed in so don’t have the issues from a live recorded kick drum of differing levels, or being unquantized. In this case Danny uses the compressor as an envelope shaper to keep things tight.
The video is shot using Fabfilter’s Pro-C2 which is a fab compressor(!), but you can use any compressor you like, including those that come bundled with your DAW.
He continues to show the settings he uses to sculpt the overall sound of the kick. This is a really useful tutorial video for anyone producing or mixing dance music… and the complete course this video is from, MixMaster 101: Mixing Dance Music Essentials has 33 more video tutorials that will teach you all kinds of top-notch mixing techniques. Highly, highly recommended!