Reverb on kicks

Speakafreaka

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I was just wondering what the technical reasons for not putting reverb on kick drums were?

I've just whacked a kick through a gated room reverb and it sounds fat .

I'm not really talking about a psy-kick drum, although I suppose actually, it could sound pretty good... Is there some overiding technical reason why this is wrong?
 

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I don't think there is a tech reason just people don't like it I guess. I do like it when its done right and subtlety. If I ever put reverb on a kick I eq the reverb separately and cut out most of the low end.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>
 
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On a chill out side I have a large revb on the kick of my tune, it makes it sound deep and fat and gives the tune a misthical atmosphere. Sounds great and have no tech downsides, not that I can see at least :hehe:

Double Dragon have a nice chill tune with a fat kick with a beautiful reverb.

Don't know on a psy side or tech reasons why it shd be wrong, guess the usual saying that you first know the rules then you break them it's the best way for any form of arts.

The only thing I can think of is that if the kicks are to close to each others the revb might get over the next kick, adding unwanted frequencies clashes, so again all depends by how you use the revb.

my 2p, cheers :Smile3:
 

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I've never had a problem with verb on kicks. As with everything it can sound great if done well, and shit if done badly. Just don't do it in a really busy track I'd say.
 

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i also think its a matter of opinion, theres no technical reason. i quite like that unusual suspect zapkick with reverb, can definitely sounds wikkid sometimes, but for harder psydrums i dont think it would work so well. would definitely consider it in a downtempo tune
 

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Reverb can very quickly muddy a tune if it is towards the low end of the frequency spectrum. The majority of the drive in a tune comes from the mid-low range, and if you cloud this area with reverb from a kick then you'll lose the drive.

Of course, cleverly EQ'd or effected reverb on a kick that doesn't muddy the spectrum will work.

It's always a case of how it's used. I just think it's become one of the 'rules' cos it sounds soooo bad when done badly.
 

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He, cheers for the responses. I'm gonna stick with it after all I reckon, at the moment my new track is sounding like some twisted cross between late Necton and Daft Punk. :?
 
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Not something I'd ever do but no "technical" reason why you shouldn't.
 

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i sometimes send the kick to a bus, and put a lowcut then a reverb on the bus. Then you can adjust the amount of click of the kick that gets affected and the bottom end goes unnaffected to the master output. tend to make sure its the smallest amount of reverb possible without thinking theres nothing there at all (e.g. reverb tail is pretty much never noticeably there playing in the context of the tune.)
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