Your Take – What is Your Favorite Trick for Boosting Kick Drum in the Mix?

Here's our favorite response.
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Here’s our favorite response. Norton Lawellin wins an EarthWorks KickPad Kick Drum System. Thanks, Norton!

Start by removing or turning down the part you don’t like, the “sounds-like-cardboard” part, typically +/-600Hz. This cleans up the whole midrange, and now you can add what you really need out of a kick drum. If you need more impact, more definition, more head slap, add a bit at 5 or 6kHz. Play with your parametric until you find the sweet spot. If you need more boom, more “phat,” it’s at about 80Hz; again, play with your parametric.

Norton Lawellin

St. Paul, MN

Track Record Studios