With the bundled Max For Live device DS Kick in Ableton Live Suite, you can shape and sculpt the ultimate kick drum sound. Noah Pred shows you how it's done.
BunnyKicker, yes, 'Bunny' and 'Kicker' is a new drum synth plugin with plenty of sample layering potential and sound mangling potential.
Could Yamaha's latest compact, multi-functional drum system really replace a whole drum mic kit? Matt Vanacoro found out when he road tested the EAD10...
All kinds of factors affect the way you perceive kick drums when designing and mixing sounds. Multiplier is here to help you make sure you're doing it right.
PunchBOX from D16 is designed to help you craft your ideal kick drum sounds using analog modelling synthesis and plenty of processing. Here's more info and audio demos.
This new video from D16 shows off some features of its upcoming drum synthesizer, PunchBox. It promises built-in FX modules and combines sampling and synthesis to help you mould the perfect kick.
Do you want a A FREE sample library featuring 120 high quality key-labeled kick drum samples in WAV format, plus a Kontakt instrument which includes SFZ and NKI patches? It's your lucky day!
Seems like everyone wants the perfect floor-shaking 808 kick these days... and Producers Choice want to help in the form of 808 Warfare, their Kontakt instrument and sample pack also in WAV format.
So you want to design the a kick that sits perfectly in the mix... but you'd rather not spend days doing this? Kickforge, from the creators of Drumforge, is a Kontakt 5 instrument that can help.
In this article Darren Burgos examines three third party plug-ins that use frequency ducking to attain a better sounding kick/bass combination. Waves, Brainworx and WaveFactory are in the lab.
Some sounds never seem to go out of fashion. The classic 808 and 909 kits are great examples, and rather than sampling these sounds, Wave Alchemy have synthesized them as Noah Pred discovers.
Toby Pitman returns with another excellent set of tips on programming realistic drums. This time he focuses on using kicks in fills to create impressive results.
A thin, weak kick drum can single-handedly undermine the impact of a decent mix. GW Childs ditches his diet in a bid to fatten up his kick drum using Ableton's compressor and reverb plugins.
There are literally hundreds of techniques for increasing the impact of your drum sounds in any DAW. Having said that, there are a few key methods I use repeatedly...
Layering kicks is a great way to create a unique sound or feeling for your beats and grooves. Taking a thud-like kick and blending in another one with more snap, or adding a grungy techno-oriented...