There are plenty of methods and techniques on how to make your own kick drums.
You can make brand new kick samples straight in the VST plugin, which is the most popular technique and most reliable as you can make it step by step from scratch. It’s a really good technique if you are looking for a kick to play with bass properly. It’s also great if you have Spectrum VST plugin opened and want to find specific frequencies where the kick has to play, so then you just shift the notes and place the kick on the desired frequency range, and then you can see the frequencies placed in the Spectrum Analyzer (check the Free Analyzer Span from Voxengo)
Anyway, if you are looking for really big kicks, then you are in the right place! So here we go:
How To Make Your Own Kick Drums?
To generate the original kick drums with this technique, all you will need two kick samples and VST plugins that will change the sound but still keep the Kick punchy and on the point. Anyway, you don’t need to worry about plugins that I will use in this example – feel free to use FL Studio plugins like Maximus, Transient Processor, Fruity Parametric EQ2, or compressor, and it should work just fine. However, in case you would like to add some extra “Fatness” or add some analog sound and color to your mix, good to mention is Sausage Fattener or PSP Master Q2 that’s great also for mixing purposes and will make the low-end standout.
So here is the process of how to generate thousands of your unique kick drums:
1. Find and add two Kick Drums that You Prefer and Add Them To the Playlist (Timeline.)
Just find two samples you prefer and add to your playlist. Make sure that there is no significant silence between them, so when you tweak the knob, it will work fine.
2. Link both kick drums into one mixer insert
This is an important step to keep both kicks glued together. Try to achieve more punchy sound but still as short as you can by using the transient plugin, or you can also edit the samples by automation or in the Envelope Settings if you prefer it that way. Finally, all is up to you to add appropriate effects by your preference, because only you know how punchy, dynamic, and clear, you want the kick to be played.
3. Make appropriate effect processing
This is an important step to keep both kicks glued together. Try to achieve more punchy sound but still as short as you can by using the transient plugin, or you can also edit the samples by automation or in the Envelope Settings if you prefer it that way. Also, check this post if you want to know how to make your kick drum sound wider.
Don’t forget to add a compressor at the end of your plugin’s chain; you can inspire by a list of plugins in the picture to get a huge kick.
4. Double Click on the Kick Drum to open Sampler
When sampler opens up, Start manipulating the “SMP START” knob with both kick samples to get the sound of your choice. Yes, it’s that simple! The beautiful thing about this easy process is that you can generate really serious and quality kick drums using samples yourself or even from others and make them different beyond recognition.
5. Generate and Save Your Own Kick Drums
Finally, Generate and Save Your Own Kick Drums In Minutes by saving various versions by modifying kick’s waveform and also using the “Mute” function and applying it on the effects. The reason is simple – kick would seem to be perfect at that moment, but after you give a more listens, you will realize that kick is too “Rough” or maybe “Thin,” in that case even small tweaks would make a difference in the final sound.
Make the short selection in your playlist to avoid the silence after the sample (if there is any.)
Then, in the menu, go to File -> Export -> Wave File or just hit CTRL + R to make things easier and faster if you are planning to make a significant amount of the samples, in that case, it will save you tons of time!
Use This Technique In Any DAW
You can apply this simple technique in your own DAW. The fact is that every program offers you to shift the samples but in different ways.
Use the “Pogo” Knob in the Sampler to add more initial punch to your kick:
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