Last week we shared Laidback Luke's Six Golden Rules For Electronic Music Producers. This week, Lenny Kiser and DJ Tech Tools shows us a few different ways to make a great kick drum by compositing different samples and/or instruments. Getting the kick drum right is important because it's typically one of the most dominant elements among dance tracks, as well as other many other genres.
This tutorial is great because it emphasizes that there is no RIGHT way to layer kick drums. If you're a beginner, I recommend you try out the first method- by layering two samples and filtering the highs and lows of each, respectively.
*If you don't have Ableton, the same principles apply. Your DAW should have some kind of sampling instrument, but it's NOT necessary; some people even prefer to use raw samples in the orchestrator by using two separate channels with different samples and EQs or filters. It's all about what you're comfortable with!
Source: DJ Tech Tools