MultiDynamics 7 is an excellent tool for achieving a more impactful kick in dance music while maintaining a balanced overall volume and minimizing excessive processing. One effective approach to achieving a harder-hitting kick is by emphasizing the lower mids. To implement this technique successfully, it is important to understand the concept of upward expansion.
Upward expansion is a dynamic processing technique that selectively increases the volume of specific frequency ranges within a sound. Unlike traditional compression, which reduces audio volume above a certain threshold, upward expansion boosts audio volume below a specified threshold. By applying upward expansion to the lower mids of a kick drum, we can enhance this area’s presence and impact. (I would number the graphics)
A good tip to remember is that not all of a kick needs to be loud, just the impactful body/ beater of the kick and that this area may change between songs.
By implementing these steps, you can achieve a harder-hitting kick in dance music, enhancing its impact and ensuring the sub-bass and rumble elements have room to breathe in the mix.
Before Processing, a somewhat flat lifeless kick even though the decay and length of the kick are more or less correct.
After Multidynamics 7 Processing. We’ve added shape to the kick and emphasis on the Lower mids.