Kick drums are some of the more powerful sounds in music production, yet they require a delicate touch to get right. When they don’t poke through the mix hard enough, we struggle to connect with the groove. But too much punch and it's hard to focus on anything else but the kick. Low-end mud, rumble, and sound selection are another set of variables.
For this reason, we’re showing you how to mix kick drums that hit the sweet spot using the four modules in Nectar Elements—Compressor, Equalizer, Transient Shaper, and Exciter. The tutorial will be in Studio One, but the same principles apply to all DAWs.
Let’s first take a listen to the before and after of the kick drum in context of a song—the rest of the guide will break down the steps I took to achieve the new sound.