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Electronic Music Producer's Guide: Kick Drums

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    Synthesizing Kick Drums Pt. 1

    In this video, we create a kick drum from scratch using Kick 2 for a Future Pop/Bass track. We tweak our pitch and amplitude envelopes while fine-tuning click samples to get just the right vibe for our kick.

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    Synthesizing Kick Drums Pt. 2

    We carry on this Future Pop kick creation process by adding distortion and drive to help gel our sounds together. We also apply EQ and compression to finish the kick off.

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    Layering Kick Samples

    In this video, we take 3 kick samples and tune them, tweak their envelopes, and apply channel and bus processing to make a new house kick drum sound.

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    Recreating Kick Drums

    Now see you how you can use Kick 2 and an oscilloscope to recreate and understand your favorite kick drums! An amazing process for creating your own kicks and understanding how kick drums can be generated.

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Larry Holcombe presents video tutorials for the Electronic Music Producer's Guide series, focusing on Kick Drums! This series will get you going and then some when creating and tweaking kick drums for your electronic music productions.

Larry starts off with in-depth videos on creating a kick drum from scratch using the Kick 2 virtual instrument for a Future Pop/Bass track, including tweaking the pitch and amplitude envelopes, while fine-tuning click samples to get just the right vibe.

Continuing on, Larry shows how to process it further by adding distortion and drive to help gel the sound together, while applying EQ and compression to finish the kick off.

Layering Kick sounds is then covered and you'll see how to take 3 kick samples and tune them to compliment each other, tweak their envelopes, and apply channel and bus processing to make a huge house kick drum sound.

Lastly, Larry reveals a really cool way to recreate your favorite kick drums by using Kick 2 and an oscilloscope to understand what makes favorite kick drums kick! This is an amazing process for creating your own kicks and understanding how kick drums can be generated.

See the individual tutorial descriptions for more info. If you're new to kick drum sound design or just want more info on the topic, looks right here … Watch "Electronic Music Producer's Guide: Kick Drums" today.


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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I learnt the trumpet and piano around age 12 and then guitar a couple of years later. I played in a few indie bands for a few years until I discovered the turntables and Dj'ing. I then swapped the guitar for the synthesizer and the stage for the Dj booth and the rest is history!

2. What training have you had?

I completed a diploma in sound engineering and music technology from islington Music Workshop in London. I am also level 1 certified in Logic. The most important training I have received though is sitting for hours on end at my studio making music!

3. When did you get into recording?

Recording demos for the indie bands I mentioned earlier. Then recording vocals for my tracks as DEF inc. and laterally Rebel Sonix. I also worked in London studio Rollover in around 2005.

4. People you have worked with/for?

I've remixed Coldplay, Kylie, Roots Manuva and John B. Labels I have released on include Parlaphone, EMI, Fingerlickin, Eight Fx, Quantum, Botchit and Scarper amongst others. I have composed music for Sony Playstation games, Sky tv, J&B Whiskey, Lexus cars and the BBC to name a few. I have produced online tutorial videos and have had a 1 hour production video in Music Techs magazines cover DVD. I have also Dj'ed at events such as Glastonbury festival and Miami WMC and touring extensively all over the world.

5. Why are you so good at training people?

Well hopefully I have a clear and concise training method mixed with a serious passion for making music. I have previously worked for Apple teaching Logic and also regularly lecture on Logic and electronic music production. I also teach the Ministry of Sound DJ academy in London which involves teaching an introduction to Djing as well as in depth seminars on using NI's Traktor and also Serato Scratch Live. As a producer making cutting edge electronic music, I have to remain at the forefront of new sounds and production techniques. I mix my time between different areas of the music industry - production, remixing, DJing and also teaching which allows me to develop all those skills simultaneously - so I can improve my teaching ability whilst also continuing to develop as a producer (something which you never stop doing!)

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