Kick Drum Sound Design for Electronic Dance Music (EDM)
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Kick Drum Sound Design for Electronic Dance Music (EDM)

Learn how to make your own punchy, full, clean kick drum samples using Sylenth1 or any other synth that fit perfectly
4.3 (36 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,987 students enrolled
Created by Fuad Murad
Last updated 5/2016
English
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Includes:
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Make full, punchy kick drums using Sylenth 1
  • Tweak synthesized kick drums to fit perfectly in the mix
  • Use effects and plugins to get the best sounding kick drums
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Requirements
  • Sylenth 1 or any other synthesizer capable to generated a sine wave
  • A DAW
  • Plugins that you are comfortable using
Description

Finding the right kick drum sample that fits perfectly in the mix can be difficult and time consuming. We’ve all been in a situation of going through hundreds of samples, test-fitting and processing them for hours or days, only to end up disappointed.

In this course learn how to synthesize your own amazing kick drums that will fit perfectly in the mix.

Course Overview

In this course learn how to synthesize your own amazing kick drums that will fit perfectly in the mix. I’ll walk you through designing your own kick drum from start to finish and even show you how to perfectly match it to actual melodies and loops.

Using LennarDigital’s Sylenth1, we’ll start with a simple sine wave and end up with huge kick samples. We’ll even test drive the samples with melody and percussion loops so we can hear how they sound in action. I’ll then take you through all the effects and plugins to use to tweak your kick drum sounds.

Even if you don't own Sylenth1, the techniques you'll learn in this course can be applied using any software or hardware synthesizer you have.

Course Features

Learn how to make hundreds of kick drum variations using these tips and techniques. Stop going through hundreds of samples and save yourself time and frustration.

  • Kick drum design
  • Distortion
  • EQ
  • Compression
  • Limiting
  • Transient control
  • Tube saturation


Who is the target audience?
  • EDM producers
  • Musicians
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Curriculum For This Course
9 Lectures
01:13:49
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Introduction
1 Lecture 02:44

Introduction to the course with course objectives and roadmap

Preview 02:44
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Kick Drum Synthesis
1 Lecture 12:40

Learn how to transform a sine wave into a basic kick drum sound using Sylenth 1 using the envelope modulation

Synthesizing the Kick Drum
12:40
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Mixing & Processing
7 Lectures 58:25

Use distortion to add harmonics and give the kick drum enough top end attack to cut through busy mixes

Distortion & Harmonics
08:34

Shape the attack and release characteristics of your kick drums using compression and parallel compression

Compression
08:19

Use EQ and filtering to clean up your kick drum sound, fatten up its fundamental frequencies and make room for other instruments

EQ
09:09

In this section you'll learn some very useful techniques to make sure the transients of your kick drums are well controlled to allow you to get the most punch and power out of them

Transient Control
04:32

Ensure that the peak and level of your kick drums stay constant and consistent each and every time they hit

Limiting
05:52

Get creative and layer your synthesized kicks with other sounds and samples to get even more variation and to add your personal touches

Preview 10:07

In this section we'll tweak the settings of our kick drum in Sylenth 1 as we listen to various melody and percussion loops.  This is an excellent exercise where you will learn how to tune and match your kick drums based on the different melodies

Tweaking, Tuning & Matching
11:52
About the Instructor
Fuad Murad
4.5 Average rating
279 Reviews
3,780 Students
9 Courses
Electronic Music Producer/Mixing & Mastering Engineer

Electronic music producer and mixing/mastering engineer with a soft spot for melodic chord progressions and musical subtleties.  With over 5 years of experience teaching mixing, mastering and production in addition to several signed releases, remixes and ongoing projects, my life revolves around this beautiful genre we call "EDM."

Whether you're just getting into the game or a seasoned pro looking to add to your bag of tricks, I'm 100% certain you'll find what you're looking for in at least one of my courses.