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The Mysteries of Databending Explained

Posted on April 08, 2016 by Skylar Trainor

Any digital file, be it a video file, an image file, a sound file, or an executable, exists as a mathematical construct; a collection of numbers. I'll be the first to admit that the mathematics underpinning these files...

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Posted in Databending

How to Add Huge Bass to Any Kick (Without EQ)

Posted on August 28, 2015 by Samples From Mars

Have you ever sampled a great sounding kick drum from an old record or drum machine but realized there wasn't enough bass? If you're like me, you've spent countless hours trying to layer a modern sample under it...

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Posted in Kickdrum, Sound Design, Sub Bass, Videos

How to Create Easy Basslines from Kicks

Posted on July 16, 2015 by Philip Hughes

As a mastering engineer and former producer, I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to mix with sounds that work well together from the outset, requiring as little processing as possible.

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Posted in Basslines, Kickdrum, Sound Design

How To Use Sidechain Compression To Make Kicks Cut Through The Mix

Posted on March 25, 2015 by Greg Faletto

Learn how to use sidechain compression to make your kick drums cut through the mix. This is a super useful technique for EDM, pop...

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Posted in Compressors, Kickdrum

Advanced Tips For Creating Drums with Depth

Posted on January 30, 2015 by Greg Faletto

Some advanced techniques you can try when you want to push your drums off into the distance of your track and bring other elements to the front.

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Posted in Compressors, Reverb, Widening Drums

What to Look for in a Kick Sample

Posted on October 15, 2014 by Samples From Mars


Exactly which kick sample you decide upon depends entirely on the elements in your track, and you should always do what sounds best. But, regardless of your track, you will always need a library of high quality professional samples.

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Posted in Kickdrum

Use Parallel Compression to Achieve Punch & Fatness

Posted on October 14, 2014 by Samples From Mars


This is a technique I've known about for quite some time, and have been using to varying degrees for the past five years, but have only recently fallen in love with. It's a great way to increase punch or loudness (depending on the technique used)...

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Posted in Parallel Compression