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



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



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



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



Intermediate

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



Compressing Roland TR 808 Kick Drums



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



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



Intermediate

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



Pumping and Swelling Drum Beats using Compressors



Intermediate

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



Side-chaining Bass and Kick for EDM



Intermediate

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



Side-chain Expansion - Bass and Kick processing



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



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



Intermediate

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



Side-chain Pumping Effect



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



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



Intermediate

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



Eq Filters and Slopes/Responses



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



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



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



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



Intermediate

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



Mixing Bass and Kick



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



Intermediate

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



Programming Drum Beats using Cubase's Key Editor



Beginner

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



Layering Kick Drums using a Tone/Test Generator and a Noise Gate



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



Intermediate

Get your 808s bouncing like a rubber ball!
Duration: 10 mins



Layering Kick Sounds using Tone Modules



Intermediate

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



Processing a Kick Drum in Parallel



Advanced

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



The Art of Drum Layering - Advanced



Advanced

Drum layering techniques and processes for beat makers and producers! Learn how to: use envelope shapers/generators to reshape drum sounds, create drum elements for layering drums, layering within your DAW and the Samplecraze Flip and Nudge technique for really big sounding drums!
Duration: 60 mins



Using the Pultec Eq on a Drum Beat



Intermediate

Learn how to use Vintage Response equalisers on drum beats!
Duration: 8 mins



Get your 808 Bass Drums to hit hard using Dynamic Equalisation



Intermediate

Give your 808s bounce and colour using this surefire technique!
Duration: 13 mins



Using EQ to add presence and dynamics to an Electric Bass



Intermediate

Liven up electric guitars with these eq processes!
Duration: 13 mins



Using Dynamic EQ to balance Kick and Bass



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



Intermediate

Struggling to get your 909s to cut through the mix and invade the dance floor? Watch this.
Duration: 10 mins



Using Dynamic EQ on the Drum Group



Intermediate

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



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