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Mixing Kick Drums With Maag EQ

Hey, guys. What’s up? Welcome to a new video.

In this one, I’ve got a quick little kick drum EQ thing I like to do. I thought I’d show you with the Maag EQ. I’ve got a programmed kick, I’ve got a track, it sounds like this.


Alright, so it’s a pop/country thing, but I think Hip Hop guys can get a little something from this too.

This EQ is probably one of my favorite EQs. Obviously, it’s just a one, two, three, four, five band, with a sixth band, and the sixth band is this air band thing. I’m not going to go super into detail on the plug-in, but just a quick little side note, the cool thing about this EQ is that all of the bands sort of interact with one another.

Say for instance, if I boost a bunch of 2.5 at 160, you’re not just pulling up 160, you’re going to be pulling up a little bit of the 650 band and a little bit of the 40, so you may back off 650 a little, or 40 a little, or whatever you’re going to do, right?

I’m going to reset this. So with that kind of in mind, what I like to do — like, low end is hard. It’s always hard. It’s just like, get over it. It’s just difficult. I never know exactly what I do with low end on mixes. I just kind of tweak EQ until I get things to mesh.

But everybody wants their kicks to be low and subby without being muddy and just — you’ll lose clarity and all kinds of stuff.

So what I like to do, the cool thing about this is I can crank the sub, and then I can pull 40Hz all the way out. Then when you do that, you have this little screw down here, you’re going to want to back your trim level down, because it’s going to be crazy loud.

Let me show you this kick drum pre-EQ and then after this. And I put this first in my chain here.

[kick, before EQ]

So that’s with none of the Maag EQ on at all, and this is with the Maag EQ.

[kick, after EQ]

It’s just a really nice — it adds a really pleasant kind of low end, subby, woofy, pillowy kind of thing without being incredibly overbearing. Sometimes, if you crank 60Hz or 70Hz too much, I just don’t — it doesn’t sound very clean to me, you know? This gives you a really clean kind of extension to the bottom frequencies.


Like, if I have 40 in…


That’s obviously louder, but…


And again, you’re going to want to be listening on nice headphones or studio monitors. This is pretty sub 50Hz stuff, so you’re definitely not going to hear this at all on a laptop.

But anyways, that’s it. Again, this doesn’t work on every kick. Sometimes on acoustic drums, I’ll maybe pull 40 out and then maybe if I boost five on the sub it’s too much, and I may have to back it off. Sometimes I’ll only use three. Sometimes I only use one. Sometimes I don’t use it at all, but this is one of the things I love to do with the Maag EQ.

I’ll play this in the track and bypass it in and out. It’s going to be really subtle, but hopefully you hear something here.

[mix, with and without Maag]

Let’s go to a verse.


Anyways, you guys get the point.

Again, it’s a subtle thing. It’s a taste thing. Try it out, you may like it, you may not like it.

Anyways, hope you enjoy it, and I’ll see you guys in the next video. Later.




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