Getting the perfect kick drum sound





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Published on Oct 14, 2010

In this video, Atlanta Institute of Music recording instructor Randy Hoexter teaches us how to effectively isolate and remove unwanted tones from a prerecorded kick drum audio track. Using subtractive EQ concepts, Randy shows us how to quickly and easily reveal the true fundamental sound of the kick drum in our recordings.

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to me it's mind blowing that you can hear those frequencies stand out.... I didn't hear them until you took them out and put them back into the mix.... that was incredible ....seriously this blew my mind.
+Akiachrounoumena I kinda heard them but blew my mind when he played them on the piano lol
TR French
The Best explanation of why you remove improper resouance in a recording I have seen.
This is one of the most helpful and coherent videos I have ever seen on youtube relating to audio production. exactly what I was looking for
Joe Lee
If you'll notice the frequencies you're cutting most are caused by the kick mic picking up the snare. The interaction between the kick and snare are most of your problem. Great video. Poor recording.
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It's called 'bleed'. A mic is getting not just the instrument is poiting out but also the surroundings, very typical in bass drum and snare takes.
Jerry Ubin
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John A
Chuck Norris makes the best Kick Drum videos on the planet. ^
Louis Cyphre
I think he sounds like Keith Carradine :)
he does sound like Chuck Norris
i'm no expert, but i think that stripped a lot of punch from the kick drum. still, the theory is very solid, and that's what i came for.
Would eq'ing electronic kicks be different? I guess it would depend on the samples that's being used....but, would you take the same approach in cutting the eq's at those frequencies that you have cut for that acoustic kick? 
usually samples are already eqed and compressed so it more down to taste really.
Subtractive EQing is always the key to a great sounding mix.
Daniel Carroll
should have rolled off under 30htZ and over 10k htZ and it would be even tighter.
Erich B.
Old clip but relevant today! Glad to see the cut on the click. I rather find it annoying. I tend to go for a more tight, elastic and heavier kick sound. But that's just me. Thanks - excellent clip!
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