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Digital Subscriptions > MusicTech > Aug-18 > 6 WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR KICKS


Last time we gave you six ways to improve your bass sound and this month we’re looking at the kick. While it shares some of those bass components, the kick is a very different beast to tame, so here are six ways to keep that kick kicking…

When mixing the bottom end of your music, it’s very easy to lump the bass and kick together and treat them in the same way. They do, after all, both provide the solid foundation on which the rest of your track hangs – the bass/kick backbone on which the meaty ribs of your melody and vocals sit. However, there are some very different ways in which you can treat each. Last time we saw how compression, layering, filtering and programming can improve your bass, but now we’re going to look at the kick and treat it as a very different beast. So follow these methods to tighten up the main beat of any tune…

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In response to the ever-growing world of sound design, we highlight many of the best tools of the trade to equip you to experiment yourself, step-by-step guides to various processes, plus interviews with those whose careers have been built in the world of professional sound design. Elsewhere, we speak to former Stereophonics drummer Javier Weyler, whose company Breaking Waves facilitate the sonic needs of filmmakers in innovative, creative ways. We also talk to mix engineer Giles Barrett about his boat-based studio and head inside Nottingham's newly-opened Mount Street Studios. Along with our usual range of in-depth reviews we see our tutorial section expand once more as we welcome a brand new Reason series. We hope you enjoy the issue!