Kick Drum Tutorial – How to Eq the Perfect Kick Drum

We are excited to kick off our “Fundamental Series” for the next few tutorials. In the coming weeks, we will be dissecting individual instruments. We will talk about the frequencies that are dominant & should be considered with EQ boosting, as well as some frequencies that may create problems & may need to be cut. Understanding these fundamental frequencies can be a key factor in bettering your engineer skills. This week we will start off with kick drums!

Kick drums are one of the most important elements in the modern day mix. Producers, musicians, & your average listener all appreciate a great sounding kick. It can be tricky at times to mix this significant piece of the mixing puzzle. There are certain frequencies in a kick that are ear pleasing & some frequencies that can cause disaster to any mix.

In this video we discuss a detailed analysis of the fundamental frequencies of a kick drum. We talk about & demonstrate what specific boosted frequencies will help a kick drum cut through the mix without overcrowding the rest of the music. We also examine different frequencies that should be cut to avoid chaos throughout your mix. 

As with any aspect of music, the type of kick & song vary with frequencies; however, these key elements will point you in the right direction of a successful kick drum. Your mastering engineer will love you for a clean low end in your mix & your audience will feel the authority of your kick drum punching through the music.

Follow along as professional engineer Eric Michael as he gives you a step-by-step guide on choosing the right frequencies to boost & cut for a kick drum.

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Realistic is a Music Producer and Engineer located in the Twin Cities. He started out playing guitar and piano in 2003 and has been producing and recording music since 2004. He produces Hip-Hop, R&B, Pop, & Dance music. 


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