A tip for working with heavily-distorted kick drums

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First published at 05:44 UTC on June 14th, 2018.

In this video, I share a little trick I picked up for working with heavily-distorted kick drums, which have a tendency to muddy up a mix. The basic idea is to leave the undistorted kick intact, while mixing in a second layer with distortion applied. I find this can help if the low end gets out of control on you. Something I forgot to specifically mention in the video is that you will usually want to place the EQ *after* the distortion on the second track, because cutting the low end first will change the sound (though you should feel free to experiment there).

Links to the plugins as mentioned in the video:

Drumatic 3: http://www.e-phonic.com/plugins/drumatic3.php
Cyanide 2: http://bram.smartelectronix.com/plugins.php?id=3

Thanks for watching!

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