How to Clean up and Manipulate a Sampled Kick Drum

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How to Clean up and Manipulate a Sampled Kick Drum

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The topic of this tutorial is how to pinch
a kick, and may be somewhat controversial,

so use at your own risk, but I’ve got a session
here where I was mixing away, and I thought,

“You know, I don’t really like the kick
that I was given, and I really love the kick

in the reference track.”So rather than go
through my sample library and find something

that’s close or similar and do my thing, I
was like, “Why don’t I just pinch it?”

So I went to the track, I stole the kick,
and I’m going to show you how to clean it

up a little bit so that it works better in
your mixing.

Let me go ahead and I’ll play you a little
snippet.

I’m mixing this song for a buddy.

I’m on a really tight time crunch, and actually
it was due fifteen minutes ago, so I’m going

to hurry up with this tutorial.

I’m going to play you a snippet with his original
kick, and then I’ll show you my kick pinch.

[music]

Okay.

Then now I’m going to play it with his kick,
but then I’m going to switch to my kick pinch

here.

[music]

Okay.

To my ear, to my taste, way better.

I think it fits the track excellent, so I’m
rocking with that.

Irregardless of if you like that or not, I’m
going to show you the technique of what I

did.

I’ve got this track that the client referenced.

It’s called, “This is Living” from Hillsong
Young and Free.

It features Lecrae.

All I did was I heard at the beginning they
had these kicks kind of hanging out loose

like so…

[song plays]

C’mon.

That’s too easy, right?

So anyways, you could just Tab to Transient,
copy that, create a new stereo track, drop

down…

What are we at here…

And paste that bad boy.

Kind of slide it over, make it bigger so we
can look at it real close.

Let’s just hear that kick.

Let’s route it correctly for the recording
of this video, and let’s check this out.

[kick drum]

Okay.

Snares are tougher, but with this kick, there’s
a really easy thing that we can do to get

that swelling, high frequency, synthy transitional
effect – whatever you want to call it – out

of the way.

So, we’ve got the right amount of low end,
we’ve got a really great transient here, and

it fits the song, so what I’m going to do
is I’m going to first add just a little bit

of a fade, and then I’m going to zoom in and
I’m going to click just behind the transient

of the kick.

Just behind the attack, and I’m going to select
from there, right?Well, then I’m going to

go in Pro Tools to my Audio Suite, and forgive
me, this may be different depending upon your

DAW.

I’m not sure of the process for you other
guys, but Pro Tools we have Audio Suite, so

that’s what I’m going to do.

Then I’m going to come over here, I’m going
to delete that band, and all I want it a high-cut,

low-pass filter.

I’m going to go to like, 100, 150…

Somewhere in there.

Maybe tighten up that Q a little bit, and
I’m just going to process this.

Okay.

Now, we’ve got two separate clips, so I’m
going to go in and add a fade.

Something like that.

Nice, tight fade.

Now, let’s take a listen.

[kick drum]

It’s magic, right?

So, here, one more time is before any of it.

[kick drum plays]

And then after.

[kick plays]

It’s that easy.

So, high passing you get to hold on to the
sustain of the kick and you get to have all

of the extra love that comes with that.

So, without doing that trick, you’d have to
cut the kick and fade it out, and it’d be

a little bit chopped and weird, but anyways,
so now what I’m going to do is I’m actually

going to consolidate that.

Then I’ll give it a name.

We’ll call it HS Kik Pinch.

Kick without the “c.”

I’ve already done this, but anyways, I’m going
to rename it, then what I’d do in Pro Tools

is Command+Shift+K, I’ll export that to the
folder.

I’ll go ahead and show you where I put it.

I’ve got my Trigger 2 folder with all my different
sample libraries.

Shout out to the guys at That Sound.

I’ve got all of their stuff.

Then I’ve got a folder here called DGR pinches.

So I go in there and there’s that kick.

HS Kik Pinch.

Then what I did for this track is I used Trigger
from Slate, and drag and drop that in, and

then I did a little bit of manipulation.

This – the song that I pinched it from is
a slower tempo, so the low end can sustain

and it’s okay in between beats.

But for this one, I wanted to tighten it up,
so I just went to the sustain and release

here on View Curves in the Mixer View.

Go to View Curves, go to Sustain and Release
right there and pull those back to taste.

Usually somewhere between 10 and 20 works
really well to tighten those up.

So a faster tempo song, and the kick went
from this…

Let’s go out here.

[kick drum before]

To this.

[kick drum after]

Kind of fits the EDM, Dance vibe of this particular
song, so there you have it!The only other

thing to note is I mentioned this in a Facebook
post…

The stereo buss for me, usually I boost low
end and I boost top end, and there’s harmonic

excitement and stuff that I’ll use for top
down mixing.

I’ll have that on from the beginning.

Depending on the song, I may or may not use
it, but for the most part I use it.

Well, this kick we pulled from a stereo master
that was treated it’s way.

Well, pulling it in, if I’ve got low end boosted
and top end boosted on my 2-buss, then now

I’m going to have more low end in this kick
and more top end.

So what I did was I pulled in an EQ and just
kind of tweaked to taste.

It looks like a spaghetti mess, but I pulled
back a couple of dB of the lows, a little

bit of the top, the click was kind of weird,
so I pulled that back, and if you guys know

or have followed me for any amount of time,
I use the Slate Revival, and now Custom Lift

on my two-buss just a little bit to give it
some love.

So there was some mid-range differences, but
a little bit of EQ love goes a long way, and

if I come out here and hit play, let’s see
how I did.

[new kick drum]

Okay.

There’s my pinch, then here’s the original.

[original kick drum]

Pretty similar.

I tweaked it to fit within the context of
this song, and there you go!So it sounds pretty

cool.

I hope you dig that.

How to pinch a kick.

Don’t forget to check out the free bundle
at davidglennrecording.com, and I’ll catch

you in the next tutorial.

How to Clean up and Manipulate a Sampled Kick Drum

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Transcript Excerpt:

Hey, what’s up guys? My name is David Glenn for theproaudiofiles.com and davidglennrecording.com, home of the free VIP mix training bundle. If you haven’t done so yet, go check out my website. Davidglennrecording.com. Jump on the mailing list. You’re going to get two sets of multi-tracks, a couple of different video courses – free video courses – some impulse responses, and a ton of more content to hit your e-mail, just for signing up.

So if you haven’t done so, go check that out. The topic of this tutorial is how to pinch a kick, and may be somewhat controversial, so use at your own risk, but I’ve got a session here where I was mixing away, and I thought, “You know, I don’t really like the kick that I was given, and I really love the kick in the reference track.”So rather than go through my sample library and find something that’s close or similar and do my thing, I was like, “Why don’t I just pinch it?” So I went to the track, I stole the kick, and I’m going to show you how to clean it up a little bit so that it works better in your mixing.

Let me go ahead and I’ll play you a little snippet. I’m mixing this song for a buddy. I’m on a really tight time crunch, and actually it was due fifteen minutes ago, so I’m going to hurry up with this tutorial.

I’m going to play you a snippet with his original kick, and then I’ll show you my kick pinch.

[music]

Okay. Then now I’m going to play it with his kick, but then I’m going to switch to my kick pinch here.

[music]

Okay. To my ear, to my taste, way better. I think it fits the track excellent, so I’m rocking with that. Irregardless of if you like that or not, I’m going to show you the technique of what I did.
I’ve got this track that the client referenced. It’s called, “This is Living” from Hillsong Young and Free. It features Lecrae. All I did was I heard at the beginning they had these kicks kind of hanging out loose like so…

[song plays]

C’mon. That’s too easy, right?

So anyways, you could just Tab to Transient, copy that, create a new stereo track, drop down… What are we at here… And paste that bad boy. Kind of slide it over, make it bigger so we can look at it real close.

Let’s just hear that kick. Let’s route it correctly for the recording of this video, and let’s check this out.

[kick drum]

Okay. Snares are tougher, but with this kick, there’s a really easy thing that we can do to get that swelling, high frequency, synth-y transitional effect – whatever you want to call it – out of the way.

So, we’ve got the right amount of low end, we’ve got a really great transient here, and it fits the song, so what I’m going to do is I’m going to first add just a little bit of a fade, and then I’m going to zoom in and I’m going to click just behind the transient of the kick. Just behind the attack, and I’m going to select from there, right?Well, then I’m going to go in Pro Tools to my Audio Suite, and forgive me, this may be different depending upon your DAW. I’m not sure of the process for you other guys, but Pro Tools we have Audio Suite, so that’s what I’m going to do.

Then I’m going to come over here, I’m going to delete that band, and all I want it a high-cut, low-pass filter. I’m going to go to like, 100, 150… Somewhere in there. Maybe tighten up that Q a little bit, and I’m just going to process this. Okay.

Now, we’ve got two separate clips, so I’m going to go in and add a fade. Something like that. Nice, tight fade. Now, let’s take a listen.

[kick drum before and after]

So, high passing you get to hold on to the sustain of the kick and you get to have all of the extra love that comes with that.

Without doing that trick, you’d have to cut the kick and fade it out, and it’d be a little bit chopped and weird, but anyways, so now what I’m going to do is I’m actually going to consolidate that. Then I’ll give it a name. We’ll call it HS Kik Pinch. Kick without the “c.”

I’ve already done this, but anyways, I’m going to rename it, then what I’d do in Pro Tools is Command+Shift+K, I’ll export that to the folder. I’ll go ahead and show you where I put it. I’ve got my Trigger 2 folder with all my different sample libraries. Shout out to the guys at That Sound. I’ve got all of their stuff.

Then I’ve got a folder here called DGR pinches. So I go in there and there’s that kick. HS Kik Pinch.

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