As a hobby electronic music producer I want to make my own kick drums. I am really stateside with the tail of the kicks I am synthesizing, but i got a feeling that the kicks lack a strong transient.
My current approach right now is:
I load a analogue triangle or sine waveform in Omnisphere. Then I lay down a Midinote on a F Fsharp or G with the desired length (usual 1/8 note). After that I use one Mod Envelope to control the pitch of the Oscillator. I aim for a knocking sound, where the pitch shift ends just before the 1/8 note ends. (Making house and 2-step garage at the moment i am more interested in the knock rather than the 50 Hz boom.) By shaping the decay curve, i shape the sound of the pitch shit. Right now I am satisfied with a fast decay that gets slower towards the end of the note. I aim for a ">" shape via adjusting the decay of the Amp envelope. I find that drums that have a Waveform like a > sound really punchy and on the point. Then I use another envelope to modulate the pitch. This one is very short (<30 ms) to get some kind of transient. It often creates a resonance around 500-800 hz that i eq out.
After that I add a very short white noise click via the b section of Omnisphere.
My signal chain after Omnisphere is SPL Transient Designer and Fabfilter Saturn. In Saturn i played around with the Envelope of the saturation. I tried to saturate only the first milliseconds to give them a emphasis.
So i get some ok Kick sound, but i get nowhere close to the artists i love. Right now i listen to a lot of disclosure. I really like there on the point, "simple" drum sounds. I know they use vintage drum samples. Put it seems, that the kick is synthesized.
What I realize, wehen I compare my kick to theirs:
- My Kick has the same Amp envelope, but their transients sound way thicker.
- Their kicks have a lot more noise in them.
So finally my Question.
What can I do to shape or create transients like theirs? And do they layer stuff over their drums for transients and noise or is it in their sound source? And what would be good stuff to layer on top to get those kicks?
Here is an example of a 2 step kick i made today https://www.dropbox.com/s/vmjj43i18j68p33/2step%20Kick%20Example.aif
Thanks for the help!