How Would You Prep Kick Drum Loops to Mix w/ old Disco and Funk songs?
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Old 24-04-2018, 09:37 PM   #1
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How Would You Prep Kick Drum Loops to Mix w/ old Disco and Funk songs?

Hey all,

I'm prepping some sets of disco and funk edits. A lot of these edits lack some serious "oompf" in the low end. I'd like to prep some kick drum loops to use in Traktor's remix decks to layer under these tunes so they sound less out of place next to more modern tunes. I really prefer this method because it gives me more flexibility in Traktor in a live situation. I'd like to prep some simple perc loops as well just to add layers. I'm less worried about some one shots of transitional FX et al that I'll be using as well. If I am better off just re-doing some of these edits myself and using boosting EQ and/or layering the kick and mixing/mastering the track over again, I'll listen to that argument as well.

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Re: How Would You Prep Kick Drum Loops to Mix w/ old Disco and Funk songs?

Sine hit around 20-30Hz under the kick, then maybe some NY style dynamic compression focused on the snare, add a light glitz of distortion, glue compress and mix to taste. That'd be where I'd start, anyway. EQ is well and good, but it can't boost what's not there.

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Old 28-04-2018, 05:37 PM   #3
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Re: How Would You Prep Kick Drum Loops to Mix w/ old Disco and Funk songs?

lowpassed 909 kick drum, works like a charm.

I'd build it into the track to keep things easy personally. When i was DJing regularly I was constantly making chase edits for my sets.

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Re: How Would You Prep Kick Drum Loops to Mix w/ old Disco and Funk songs?

come to think of it I had a gig for awhile doing edits of progressive house tunes for a local DJ.


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Old 28-04-2018, 06:08 PM   #5
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Re: How Would You Prep Kick Drum Loops to Mix w/ old Disco and Funk songs?

I’d probably do something similar to all these suggestions


Specifically I would probably load up a sampler with a low pass filter tuned down to about 100 hz and then just flip through a bunch of kick drums until I found one that sat easily in the mix with little effort. Obv a 909 would work, but yea I might find kicks that suit the character of each track individually

Then I might fine tune/mix them a little bit. If you have trouble with muddiness you could side chain the kicks to dynamic eq (TDR NOVA) and have it duck the lows when it hits.

Whenever layering kicks always flip the phase to check and see which way they sit better.
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Old 28-04-2018, 06:53 PM   #6
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Re: How Would You Prep Kick Drum Loops to Mix w/ old Disco and Funk songs?

Couple of thoughts...

You could use Goldbaby’s Dirt and Layers or Kick2 to re-engineer the low end. Using NY compression is a nice one as well, esp if combined with the above.
You could also use a good pitch shifter (z-plane Elastique) and pitch down the original kick until you have more low end, LP and side chain it, blend in low end as desired.
Or use a drum synth for low end only, a 110Hz sine, distortion, and envelope should be all you need.
Top it off with a good helping of Saturn’s kick designer and through a glue compressor it goes.

I am also a huge fan of accusonus’ Regroover. Brilliant tool to re-tool all sorts of sampled loops.

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Old 28-04-2018, 07:11 PM   #7
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Re: How Would You Prep Kick Drum Loops to Mix w/ old Disco and Funk songs?

Thanks guys. I need to get on this for sure. I'll probably end up using a combination of the suggestions here--whatever works for the track. Really all great options here.

And I do have Dirt and Layers--kind forgot about it. I'll be looking at that for sure. Great sample pack.

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