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Today we’ll look at some layering and shaping techniques to transform a kick sample.

To really drive the point home that every sample is just raw material, I’m going to show you how we can create a multi-layer kick sound using three copies of the exact same kick sample. We’ll start off with a Simpler in an Instrument Rack.

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It sounds like this:

hiphop kick

This sound

This first layer is going to be low frequencies only, so I’ve engaged the Low Pass filter:

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…and transposed it down a few semitones to give it a little more sub and a slightly longer decay:

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Now, it’s time to create a new Chain using the same sample:

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This chain is going to be just the high part of the kick drum – a high frequency click that helps it cut through the mix. For this, I’ve engaged the High Pass filter with a high resonance setting:

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…and dramatically shortened the decay using the volume envelope:

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Now, we’ve got something that sounds like this:

hiphop kick transformed

Not so bad for a few simple tweaks! This kick has a big hole in the middle frequency-wise: it’s all sub and click. For some tracks this can work really well. For others, you’ll need a bit more midrange punch. Tomorrow we’ll bring the mids.