Why do my kicks sound so muddy, boomy and throbby and poor?!

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jimmycracker
Sat Nov 21, 2009 7:12 am

Why do my kicks sound so muddy, boomy and throbby and poor?!

Hey dudes,

I'm just pulling my hair out wondering why in world i can't get a solid, phat sounding kick without it sounding muddy, resonant and boomy! I a/b check with some other kicks, on the same speakers which sound tight, phat, round and solid, for me it just doesn't seem to be working...

I've tried layering, agressive eq'ing, multiband compression, bussing, the works... any techniques here?

I most often get to a point where i've layered 2 or 3 (usually 2) kicks, seperated them for their attack, decay or high end etc...yet it's obviously the low end decay kick that causes trouble, i try high pass filtering below say 30hz-50hz or even 60hz, but can't find that sweet spot, it's always to boomy and unspleasant sounding, to to boxy and weak sounding...

I know it's a pretty subjective topic, and multiple things should be considered, but i've got awesome samples, decent plugins, good enough monitors...yet i'm a bit stuck...

Any suggestions?

nolsoe
Sat Nov 21, 2009 7:23 am

Just use a nice sample and slap a soundgoodizer...

Scott
Site Admin
Sat Nov 21, 2009 8:33 am

Re: Why do my kicks sound so muddy, boomy and throbby and poor?!

jimmycracker wrote:Hey dudes,...Any suggestions...
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What's this knob do? The F1 key is your friend!

wizanda
Sat Nov 21, 2009 9:55 am

Another thing you can try is remove bass low en...

frantik
Sat Nov 21, 2009 10:59 am

actually taking the low end off the kick can cl...

GeorgeZ
Sat Nov 21, 2009 12:57 pm

If you have to do aggressive EQing and comp. to...

nolsoe
Sat Nov 21, 2009 4:07 pm

I never ever ever EQ my kicks and they still so...

jimmycracker
Sat Nov 21, 2009 7:24 pm

That's all pretty good advice, sample selection...
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wizanda
Sat Nov 21, 2009 8:09 pm

Allot have been mastered with something like Ma...

GeorgeZ
Sat Nov 21, 2009 11:06 pm

Ahh , ok, Vengeance. I read an article where a ...
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Scott
Site Admin
Sat Nov 21, 2009 11:34 pm

jimmycracker wrote:Scott, thanks for your sampl...
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What's this knob do? The F1 key is your friend!

jimmycracker
Mon Nov 23, 2009 11:02 am

Thanks again dudes, what do you guys think is t...


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