Bass Drum Production Help Sheet

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Recording a Bass Drum

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Recording & Mixing


Recording Information

Recording Level: Control and monitor levels high but between -12db to -4db avoiding any clipping.
Mic Used: AKG D112
Mic Type: Large Dynamic Microphones
Polar Pattern: Cardioid
Mic Placement: Place mic on the outer skin about 5cm away. The closer to the centre of the drum the more bass frequencies are recorded.
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Mic Position and Capture:

recording and mixing a bass drum
[/one_half_last] [stylebox] Considerations: Tune the Drum. Dampen the sound using fabric sheets and put inside the drum to reduce ringing sounds
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Mixing a Bass Drum


Insert Effects

compression recipes
Bass Drum compression starting point – Subtle kick drum compression
Threshold: adjust for about 3-6dB gain reduction
Ratio: 3:1 or 4:1
Knee: Hard
Attack: 4ms
Make up gain:+5db to +10db

compression settings for a bass drum

More “in your face” kick drum
Threshold: adjust for about 8-10dB gain reduction
Ratio: 6:1
Knee: Hard
Attack: 3ms
Make up gain:+5db to +10db

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EQ recipes
Bass Drum EQ Starting point:
Start here to get a solid, full kick drum sound with plenty of click
Band 1: +6dB at 55Hz
Band 2: -9dB at 275Hz (narrow)
Band 3: +7dB at 3.7kHz
Band 4:+8dB at 6.2kHz shelfEQ settings for bass drumStart here to get a more traditional kick drum sound
Band 1: +6dB at 100Hz
Band 2: -10dB at 800Hz (narrow)
Band 3: +6dB at 1.5kHz
Band 4:+6dB at 7.0kHz shelfStart here to get a ringy bottom end with less attack
Band 1: +6dB at 100Hz
Band 2: 5dB at 250Hz (narrow)
Band 3: +3dB at 4.0kHz
Band 4: +3dB at 10.0kHz shelf
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Send FX

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levels and panning for a bass drum


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The Bass Drum is almost always panned dead centre and the level has to be relatively high inorder to be heard when the full mix starts pulling together.
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