How loud do you usually have your kicks
Last Post 27 Jul 2011 09:50 PM by Godson Official. 6 Replies.
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    26 Jul 2011 07:37 PM

    I've heard people say anywhere from -9 to -1 db.  I usually have mine hit around -6, but with the last beat I did, I had mine hit at -3 I think.  I don't have monitors, the only thing I have is Skullcandy Skullcrushers (bass amplified) so I have to overcompensate for the bass.  In my signature, the beat "Hero" is the track where the kicks are hitting -3.  Can someone with a decent sound setup let me know if that is too loud?

     

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    26 Jul 2011 10:15 PM
    Nah bro you need that shat to BANG feel me? get dem kicks as loud as possible lol jk jk

    seriously though i'll try to check it out later, i can't right now.

    my kick is usually the loudest thing in the mix, snare second, have everything else around it.
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    27 Jul 2011 07:41 AM
    I think the kicks could be a tad bit lower, or the snare louder. It depends on how you want your overall drums to be in the track. I usually make my snare a little bit louder than the kick, but that's just me.
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    27 Jul 2011 04:35 PM
    i tend to have my snares a little bit louder than my kick for the simple fact that the snare is always going to be more audible than a kick. higher frequences are more audible, lower frequencies carry more power and move more air. so maybe what you want to try is, have the kick a little bit lower than ur snare, but boost a little bit of the higher frequencies in the kick to make it a little bit more audible.
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    27 Jul 2011 04:51 PM
    I appreciate the knowledge. Thank you
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    27 Jul 2011 09:12 PM
    It's all relative to mix and style you're going for. In hip hop the kicks usually are the loudest sound (maybe snares sometimes). In jazz for example, the kicks are really quiet. Visualize all your instruments as if they were live on stage. Loudness represents what is in front/behind other instruments.
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    27 Jul 2011 09:50 PM
    Also good notes, QuickSkimper.

    I've noticed that rock also has some pretty soft kicks in comparison to Hip-Hop and other sample-based genres (like dnb)...
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