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Bass Drum Volume Help

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IanLIan Calculating status...
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Jun 23, 2013 4:48 PM

Hello all,


I just spent the day learning about compressors and limiters and all that fun stuff. I was having trouble getting my bounced song to be loud enough.


I've figured that out, which is great, but one issue remains:


The bass drum.


I cannot find a way to make my bass drum loud enough! If I turn up the dB or double it or any of the conventional ways of boosting the volume, it triggers the limiter. If I don't, the bass drum is pathetic.


Anyone know how to fix this?




  • CCTM Level 6 Level 6 (8,590 points)
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    Jun 24, 2013 8:36 AM (in response to IanLIan)



    Have you tried putting a compressor on the bass drum channel?



  • CCTM Level 6 Level 6 (8,590 points)
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    Jun 26, 2013 1:31 AM (in response to IanLIan)



    If you are adding compression to the sound, you should be in effect turning the loud parts of the sound down... unless you are adding too much "make up gain" in the compressor.


    I'd guess that you may need to adjust the overall mix, or find another way to increase the apparent loudness of the kick?


    I would start by getting the kick to sound the way you'd like it on it's own, then place it in the mix.





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