Glenn Fricker’s How To Record Heavy Drums Part 4: Kick Drum

Glenn’s How To Record Heavy Drums series seems like it may soon be reaching its zenith – so far we’ve hard setup, overheads, a cool trick with using triggers for gating, and now, today, kick drum. That only leaves two more topics – toms, and the most important of all – snare. Of course, he could go further into detail with cymbals, and in fact I hope he does, but the snare will be the pinnacle of the series for sure.

Today, we have what I would argue is the second most important part – the kick drum. In metal, having a weak kick is just not fucking allowed. Sure, you may end up doing sample replacement, but in order to get a truly great sound, you should be blending some acoustic kick, and in order to do that, you need to get it right in tracking. Glenn provides some great tips for getting a killer sound, if you’re willing to take the time to do it right.

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