Looking for quality kick drum samples.
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@hybridext, Why don’t you share some of your work instead of talking about degrees? Because you seem desperate for attention like the arrogant musicians that don’t know how to promote themselves in a better way, just because they put their ego before their music. My condolences if that’s the case.
@manimal, mind-numblingly benign tracks. Wouldn’t believe a word of it coming from a man who makes generic crap like you. Cooky cutter bullshit. I don’t know what coerced you to attempt making EDM, but stop. You’re embarrassing me.
@manimal, Really like your stuff man! Production is awesome. I’ve been stuck for a long time on my mixing and mastering skills. I could use a few pointers if you wanna check out some of my tracks. soundcloud.com/michael_prentice
@iPrentice, No problem, I’m glad you like it.
Yeah I’m a musician, I have an unhealthy obsession with music haha. You can check out my mixed EDM project here: https://soundcloud.com/psychophanth/
But the kicks in those tracks aren’t sampled, I synthesized them from scratch. Actually, almost everything in those tracks is made from scratch. That’s the whole idea of the project, sound design practice.
@iPrentice, Also, if you hear a kick (or other sound) you really like in a track, see if you can sample it. That way, you’ll get kicks that sound just the way you want.
A lot of EDM tracks have simple drum tracks at the start and/or end of the song to make DJing easier. That also makes it easy to snag a sample.
Almost all tracks have the kick in mono, so if you get rid of the stereo content (by phase inversion) you can snag some samples that would otherwise be masked by other stuff.
It won’t always be clean, but you don’t always need clean. Look at all that old sample music (such as The Prodigy,) none of those samples are clean but you don’t hear the leak once the sample is in the song.
@iPrentice, Different ones are good for different things. I don’t know many good free/cheap ones though, but I know that they do exist. Lots of em.
Depending on the DAW you use, there could already be a great one built into it. Live has a few good ones, and FL has the great FL compressor, Logic has some really good compression.
Personally I like the Waves compressors, especially the SSL, The LinMB and the Vintage compressor. Fabfilter Pro-C is the one I recommend though, because it’s extremely versatile and has lots of different settings.
UAD Pultec is another great one.
Then theres TheGlue, which may or may not be free. It’s also built into the recent versions of Live.
But the freeware and native ones are good too these days. As long as it does its job.
Learning how to use them can seem tricky at first, but it will become easy pretty soon.
Look, using pre-processed samples is very limiting, and they’re often very hard to fit into a mix. Most of the time they aren’t very usable, they’re just made to sound good on their own so people will want to buy the pack. Those kinds of samples rarely sit good in a mix.
Most producers only use a handful of samples. Basic ones. 808, 909, some lo-fi/break samples, and a few proper acoustic samples. Then they shape and layer them in various ways.
When you’re really happy with a kick you use, just bounce it from the track and keep it for later use. Build your own little library of samples that fit perfectly in your own music.
That’s how the pros do it.
Glitzy sample packs are just ways to make money. And sadly, people often confuse that kind of stuff for professionalism and start trying to mimic it, so the non-commercial samples sound the same.
Dude the samples out there are all the same. It’s all about HOW YOU USE them.
Most of the stuff the pros use in both those genres are 808s, 909s and old break samples, adapted to each track.
How to kick:
First of all, tune it and make it MONO.
Second, colour it if it needs it (saturation and/or similar)
Third, dynamics control (compressor, envelope designer, whatever it needs)
Last, EQ. Cut out the junk, and give the dominant frequencies a little boost.
Make sure the kick has its place in the mix. You can high-pass everything but the kick and the bass around 100hz, and you should make a notch in the bass for the kick’s main body. Cut out unnecessary sub frequencies.
Make sure the kick cuts through the mix.
For classic hip hop kicks, just make it muffled. Use a bit of dusty distortion and a low-cut filter, and cut the subs out.
For crunk/trap kicks, boost the subs and raise the low-pass a bit.
For House, Trance, and general EDM you’ll want the full spectrum of kick. Boost the click around 1kkz and 5khz, low-pass around 16hz.
Kicks are ridiculously easy.
There is no magic setting which works for every track, it’s ALL ABOUT SHAPING THE SOUND.
@iPrentice, Here’s Sounds in HD set I just uploaded :) http://www.mediafire.com/download/txd1aia6f7f7k71/Sounds_in_HD_Complete.rar