Compressing Roland 808 Kick Drums

Understanding and exploring Roland 808 Kick Drum Compression Techniques.


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The most iconic sound in Hip Hop is the Roland 808 kick drum. It is not just a kick drum but acts as a bass as it has so much tonal content. Let me show you how we compress them without compromising sound quality or integrity.

Topics covered in this video are:

  • 808 Kick Drum Characteristics
  • Understanding Frequencies
  • Sub-sonics
  • Side-chaining
  • Using Automation
  • Pitch and Filter Control
  • Using different Compressors
  • Working with Parallel Channels
  • Responses and Transients
  • Using Tube/Valve Topologies
  • Understanding Harmonic Distortion
  • Using Grains in Compression