Creating a "boom" effect...

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by LJ25, May 20, 2009.

  1. LJ25

    LJ25 Active Member

    May 15, 2009
    I'm getting onto finer points of my mixes. If you refer to the "recording massively high gain guitars" post earlier you can see what gear I am using.

    I'm trying to get a big explosion sound in a couple of the songs I'm mixing in order to give more dramiatic effect to the different parts of the songs.

    I dont know where to start really. It sounds like the sound is created from an lowest bass guitar note (im in B) but eq'd so only the sub harmonic frequencis come through. Or, sometimes like a low tuned floor tom.


  2. ouzo77

    ouzo77 Active Member

    Jan 16, 2006
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    usually this is a electronic/analog kick or tom sound (something like a roland 808 or 909 kick) with a low pass and compression with a mid to slow attack/fast release setting.

    it's not really easy to achieve this boomy and in-your-gut bass sound, because if you make it too loud it will push back the rest of the music, when compressed/limited at mastering, and if you mix it too low you won't get the desired effect.

    start with a nice kick sample/sound and experiment with it.
  3. LJ25

    LJ25 Active Member

    May 15, 2009
    Thank you! I shall give it a crack this evening! When im not skiving from work...haha
  4. RonanChrisMurphy

    RonanChrisMurphy Active Member

    Apr 21, 2009
    Be careful adding too much low end for dramatic effect. Lots of low frequencies can often make things sound smaller because they put extra stress on the compressors and playback systems.
  5. LJ25

    LJ25 Active Member

    May 15, 2009
    DID IT!!! ITS AWESOME! (if only low in the mix! And you were right about not overdoing the low end).

    I used a kick drum sample. Compressed the hell out of it! Then limited it. YES IT WAS ALL WELL OVER THE TOP! THEN....stuck it through a really cheap CamelPhat plug-in and just messed about with its settings (distortion up a tiny bit, no flanger and eq to taste)....then i was really cheeky and sampled a massive explosion from the movie Tremors and stuck that over the top of it!

  6. Feverdream

    Feverdream Guest

    I love Camelphat, you can get some really unique sounds out of it.
  7. LJ25

    LJ25 Active Member

    May 15, 2009
    yeah its mad! I have no idea how it works. I just piss about with it and when I find a sound I like I bank it!

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