Low End

If there is one area that confuses both beat makers and producers alike it is the management of the Low End in the mix.

It can be a nightmare understanding how to get the bass and kick to marry each other. If you are into the Urban genres then you can appreciate how difficult it can be to get an 909 bass drum to not conflict with the bass-line. In EDM the low end can be even harder to manage as there are many sounds that encroach into this frequency range.

The video tutorials in this category cover some of the traditional techniques used to manage the low end and are explained in detail using before and after audio examples. However, I have also made sure to include some novel approaches to treating this problem area.

Tutorials


Combining Ripped Beats to create new Beats


Combining Ripped Beats to create new Beats screen shows cubase's audio editor

Intermediate

A sound design technique covering how to rip two different beats, at different tempos, replace all the drum sounds within the beats and then mash them up together to create a new beat!
Duration: 7 mins



Processing a Snare to fit in with a Ripped Drum Break


Processing a Snare to fit in with a Ripped Drum Break screen shows izotope's vinyl plugin

Intermediate

Using drum replacement software to rip a snare drum from a commercial drum beat and then creating new snares using a string of dynamics!
Duration: 7 mins



Working on the Sub Layer of a Kick Drum


Working on the Sub Layer of a Kick Drum screen shows boz digital's sasquatch drum editing plugin

Intermediate

How to process a sub kick to blend in with a ripped beat!
Duration: 7 mins



Extracting Drum Sounds from a Beat using Drumagog


Extracting Drum Sounds from a Beat using Drumagog screen shows drumagog plugin

Intermediate

How to rip and replace drum sounds (drum elements) within a beat using Drumagog.
Duration: 9 mins



Compressing Roland TR 808 Kick Drums


Roland TR 808 Kick Drum Bounce Processing screen shows d16's nepheton plugin

Intermediate

Understanding and exploring Roland TR 808 kick drum compression techniques.
Duration: 12 mins



Multiband Compression - what is it and how do you use it


Multiband Compression - what is it and how do you use it screen shows the fabfilter pro mb multiband compressor plugin

Beginner

A detailed tutorial on what is a multiband (MBC) compressor, how does it work and how to use it to treat a Hip Hop mix.
Duration: 18 mins



Compressing Hip Hop Drum Beats


Compressing Hip Hop Drum Beats screen shows the cytomic glue compressor plugin

Intermediate

Transparent and parallel compression techniques for processing Hip Hop drum beats.
Duration: 9 mins



Pumping and Swelling Drum Beats using Compressors


Pumping and Swelling Drum Beats using Compressors screen shows the klanghelm dc8c compressor plugin

Intermediate

Learn how to use a compressor to pump and swell a drum beat.
Duration: 14 mins



Side-chaining Bass and Kick for EDM


Side-chain Pumping Effect screen shows the sidechain of the fabfilter pro c2 compressor plugin

Intermediate

Creative side-chaining techniques for low end management using compressors.
Duration: 19 mins



Side-chain Expansion - Bass and Kick processing


Side-chain Expansion - Bass and Kick processing screen shows the fabfilter pro mb multiband compressor plugin

Advanced

An advanced tutorial on how to use the side-chain of an expander to manage the kick and bass in a mix. The expander is used to extend the dynamic range as opposed to narrowing it like a compressor.
Duration: 6 mins



Low End - what is Low End and how to Analyse it


low end screen showing the famous 909 beat machine

Beginner

What is Low End and how to analyse the frequency content of a mix?
Duration: 8 mins



Layering drums using middle and side processing



Advanced

Sound Design tutorial on how to create a background ambient texture from a drum loop using M/S (Middle and Side) and Layering it with drum sounds.
Duration: 6 mins



Processing Low End Kicks


Using Compression in Series to Process Lead Vocals is a deep tutorial on the workings of a compressor, and in this case two compressors in series, and how best to use it for various vocal processing tasks screen shows the cubase stock compressor plugin

Intermediate

Very cool techniques on how to process Low End kicks for a bigger sound!
Duration: 7 mins



Side-chain Pumping Effect


Side-chain Pumping Effect screen shows the sidechain of the fabfilter pro c2 compressor plugin

Advanced

Detailed tutorial on how to use side-chaining and filtering to create the famous Pumping effect.
Duration: 9 mins



Using Ghost Triggers for side-chaining


Compressing EDM Kick Drums screen shows the fabfilter pro c2 compressor plugin

Advanced

This tutorial explains how to configure a compressor and its side-chain for triggering using what we refer to as 'ghost triggers'. This is a great technique for managing kicks and basses within a mix.
Duration: 8 mins



Dynamic EQ - what is it and how do you use it


Dynamic EQ - what is it and how do you use it screen shows the tdr nova ge dynamic eq plugin

Intermediate

What is Dynamic Equalisation, how it works and how to use it.
Duration: 8 mins



Eq Filters and Slopes/Responses


Eq Filters and Slopes/Responses screen shows the sll x equaliser plugin

Intermediate

Which filters to select when using equalisation, how to match filter slopes and responses and how best to utilise them.
Duration: 13 mins



Mastering EQ - Air Band Processing


Mastering EQ - Air Band Processing screen shows the fabfilter pro q2 equaliser plugin

Advanced

How to process the Air Band using equalisation - add sparkle and space to your mixes.
Duration: 8 mins



Roland TR 808 Kicks and Multiband Compression


Roland TR 808 Kicks and Multiband Compression screen shows cubase's multiband compressor plugin

Intermediate

Learn how to use a multiband compressor (MBC) to shape and colour Roland TR 808 bass drums. Getting 808s to swell and bounce has never been easier.
Duration: 7 mins



Creating a Huge Low End Kick


Creating a Huge Low End Kick screen shows boz digital's sasquatch kick machine vsti

Intermediate

A sound design tutorial on how to use dynamic processors to create an epic low end kick!
Duration: 6 mins



Adding Sheen and Bounce to Roland TR 808 Kick drums


Adding Sheen and Bounce to Roland TR 808 Kick drums screen shows softube's heartbeat drum vsti

Intermediate

Learn how to add 'bounce' and sheen to Roland TR 808 bass drums.
Duration: 8 mins



Mixing Bass and Kick


Mixing Bass and Kick screen shows the lindell 600 eq plugin

Intermediate

Mixing the bass and kick in a mix can be troublesome, but that can be negotiated by working on the harmonics and complimentary frequencies of each sound.
Duration: 15 mins



Using Recycle REX Files and Constructing New Beats


Chopping/Slicing Beats Using Recycle screen shows propellerheads recycle plugin

Intermediate

Learn how to import Propellerheads Recycle REX files into NI's Battery and then create new beats from existing content.
Duration: 7 mins



Programming Drum Beats in Cubase


Programming Drum Beats in Cubase screen shows groove agent plugin

Beginner

Learn how to program amazing drum beats using the Key Editor in your DAW.
Duration: 16 mins



Layering Kicks using a Tone Generator and Noise Gate


Layering Kick Drums using a Tone/Test Generator and a Noise Gate shows fxpansion's strobe plugin

Intermediate

Learn how to create epic new kick drums using noise gates and tone generators. The noise gate shapes the tone generator which is then layered with a kick drum.
Duration: 15 mins



Roland TR 808 Kick Drum Bounce Processing


Roland TR 808 Kick Drum Bounce Processing screen shows d16's nepheton plugin

Intermediate

Get your Roland TR 808 bass drums bouncing like a rubber ball!
Duration: 10 mins



Layering Kick Sounds using Tone Modules


Layering Kick Drums using a Tone/Test Generator and a Noise Gate shows fxpansion's strobe plugin

Intermediate

Build the most potent kicks known to mortals using advanced drum layering techniques!
Duration: 21 mins



Processing a Kick Drum in Parallel


Processing a Kick Drum in Parallel screen shows strobe tone module vsti

Advanced

Sound design tutorial - creating a monster kick drum using tone modules and parallel processing.
Duration: 12 mins



The Art of Drum Layering - Advanced


The Art of Drum Layering - Advanced screen shows an ebook cover design

Advanced

The Art of Drum Layering Advanced is jam-packed with over 60 minutes of advanced drum layering techniques. A comprehensive aid for pros and hobbyists alike, build on your know-how with easy to follow tutorials and produce truly epic beats.
Duration: 60 mins



Using the Pultec Eq on a Drum Beat


Using the Pultec Eq on a Drum Beat screen displays the acustica audio pultec eq emulator plugin

Intermediate

Learn how to use Vintage Response equalisers on drum beats! The mighty Pultec EQ is a weapon. Let me show you how to use it.
Duration: 8 mins



Get your 808 Kicks to bounce Dynamic Equalisation


Gating Techniques for Vocals screen shows the cubase gate plugin

Intermediate

Give your TR 808 bass drums bounce and colour using this very cool technique!
Duration: 13 mins



Using EQ to add presence and dynamics to an Electric Bass


Using EQ to add presence and to an Electric Bass screen shows the trident equaliser plugin

Intermediate

Liven up electric basses guitars using dynamic equalisation processes!
Duration: 13 mins



Using Dynamic EQ to balance Kick and Bass


Using Dynamic EQ to balance Kick and Bass screen shows the Waves F6 dynamic eq plugin

Intermediate

Don't always reach for the compressor's side-chain to marry the kick to the bass. A dynamic eq can sometimes be better!
Duration: 8 mins



Using EQ to add Punch and Clarity on a TR 909 Kick Drum


low end screen showing the famous 909 beat machine

Intermediate

Struggling to get your TR 909s to cut through the mix and invade the dance floor? This video tutorial shows you how to use equalisation to add punch and clarity to 909 kick drums.
Duration: 10 mins



Using Dynamic EQ on the Drum Group


Using Dynamic EQ on the Drum Group screen displaying fabfilter q3 dynamic eq

Intermediate

Glue the drum group with dynamic equalisation!
Duration: 9 mins



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