It’s every producer and mix engineer’s worse nightmare – you’ve got a stunning vocal and the perfect lead mixed into a killer drop. It’s all coming along great but then there’s that super sad kick that sucks all the energy out of the dancefloor… It’s time to wake up and learn to make the kind of music you dream about. Get some fresh perspectives on how to mix for the kick with this 8-part video course presented by Echo Sound Works. In just over an hour you will learn to manipulate the various elements of your track to energize the kick and allow it to drive your track.
PART 1 – Introduction – This video briefly covers the course topics.
PART 2 – Mixing Philosophy – This video talks about classic mixing engineer’s philosophy and how it can apply in the modern digital age.
PART 3 – Defining The Low End – In this section, we look at how to define the low end of your mix in regards to the kick and the bass and how they affect each other.
PART 4 – Gain Staging The Kick – This video will discuss how to properly gain stage your kick with both peak and RMS levels.
Making the Kick King
PART 5 – Panning Around Center – It might sound weird, but the whole reason we pan things is to strengthen the center of our mixes. When you think like this, you can use panning to improve the quality of your kick.
PART 6 – Envelope Shaping – This video offers some really unique uses for Envelope shaping.
PART 7 – Offsetting Values – A fairly basic technique, but when used in the right context it can be a powerful way of opening up the mix for the kick.
PART 8 – Ducking & Side Chaining – Saved the best for last, these two techniques can be used in almost every song you work on to help make the kick bigger and punchier.