Mixing Kick Drum

How To Mix a Kick Drum With Voxengo Voxformer Plug-In – Watch the Video

Now I´m going to show you how to make a punchy kick drum sound with quite a lot of low end, but keeping the sound still under control.

There are lot of compressor and equalizers out there, and also other great tools for sound shaping, but Voxengo Voxformer is very handy when it comes to making a kick drum sound with a big bottom end.  I  like this plug-in because by using it I can achieve good results within just couple of minutes. One thing that gives me advanced control is the possibility to use a two band compressor. This example is made with an acoustic kick drum sound.

What I do in this video is use an equalizer to make this sound more powerful. First I resolve the boomyness of the kick sound. This area is usully somewhere over hundred herz.

I cut some of the mid range. It actually isn´t needed there, because the midrange is populated already in most of the mixes.

I increase some bottom end with a shelving equalizer somewhere between 50 to 60 Hz for getting that low bottom; it´s about 52 herz and  three desibles and two octaves.

And last, the highs, they give me a little snap to the sound that it can better punch out from the mix.

I drive the kick sound to  two band compressor and then add just a little bit of saturation effect. And the punchy kick drum sound is ready.


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