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    How can I make my kicks to come out in low quality speakers?

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    When I'm done a beat, I put it in my phone to hear how it sounds with crappy speakers. I can never get my kicks to come thru properly like in professional songs. They're pretty much inaudible.
    How can I fix this problem? I use fl studio

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    You probably don't have enough high end in them. Because sound is a waveform, certain speakers are physically incapable of producing frequencies below a certain level because they can't vibrate appropriately. Earbuds are a classic example. In order for your kicks to be heard in earbuds, they need to have frequency information in the 200Hz and up range.

    Try layering your kicks with another kick with more high frequency information.

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    That does help with the kicks (I usually use 808s), but they aren't sounding clear enough even with the layer. It still sounds too quiet (sounds fine on normal speakers tho).

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    Im having alote of trouble too with my fl studio drums,but I dont think alote of people use fl on here cause im not getting the right help,if you find some good info let me know

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    Why not try making your kicks on small crappy speakers. If it sounds good on small speakers it'll sound great on normal speakers!

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    Most kicks are inaudible in small speakers. Sometimes people are too harsh when judging their own music. As hard as Lil Jon songs knock in a club, you hear not so much as a thud through a cellphone. This is because freqs that "knock" fall well below the range of small rinky dink speakers like you find on a phone or small radio.

    You should be more concerned wiuth making low freqs sound good in low freq settings(clubs, cars with systems, ect)and concern yourself with a good overall mix for clarity on less bass heavy systems. People don't need their ringtones to knock. so why compromise the sound in the club to give then an audible "pop" when their girl calls and they answer before the song plays a full 3 seconds?
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    Quote Originally Posted by deRaNged 4 Phuk'dup View Post
    Most kicks are inaudible in small speakers. Sometimes people are too harsh when judging their own music. As hard as Lil Jon songs knock in a club, you hear not so much as a thud through a cellphone. This is because freqs that "knock" fall well below the range of small rinky dink speakers like you find on a phone or small radio.

    You should be more concerned wiuth making low freqs sound good in low freq settings(clubs, cars with systems, ect)and concern yourself with a good overall mix for clarity on less bass heavy systems. People don't need their ringtones to knock. so why compromise the sound in the club to give then an audible "pop" when their girl calls and they answer before the song plays a full 3 seconds?
    It's not just limited to ringtones. I would still want my songs to have clear kicks whether I'm playing them on low quality monitor speakers, cell phone speakers, ipod speakers etc.
    Other songs I have that I play on my cellphone speakers have a kick that isn't really strong or supposed to be bassy but the sound still comes through clear enough.

    Quote Originally Posted by ObiK View Post
    Why not try making your kicks on small crappy speakers. If it sounds good on small speakers it'll sound great on normal speakers!
    lol, chances are they would come out wayy to loud, bassy, and distorted.

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    Im having alote of trouble too with my fl studio drums,but I dont think alote of people use fl on here cause im not getting the right help,if you find some good info let me know
    I put in fl studio just in case, but I doubt that it makes a difference.

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    Doesn't matter if you're using FL Studio or not. That's not the issue. You need midrange on the kick - that's what's going to come through. Subtle layers of distortion, layering drums, eq, or harmonic exciters are your weapons of choice to do battle with.

    The suggestion about using crappy speakers is actually a good one. I do most of my mixing on NS-10s - they don't really reproduce low frequencies well. I know if I can get a big presence from the kick on the NS-10s, they will translate well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WeissSound View Post
    Doesn't matter if you're using FL Studio or not. That's not the issue. You need midrange on the kick - that's what's going to come through. Subtle layers of distortion, layering drums, eq, or harmonic exciters are your weapons of choice to do battle with.

    The suggestion about using crappy speakers is actually a good one. I do most of my mixing on NS-10s - they don't really reproduce low frequencies well. I know if I can get a big presence from the kick on the NS-10s, they will translate well.
    Thanks, I tested it out and seems to work well..going to do the same to other tracks...Again, much thanks.

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    I never hear my basslines and bass drums through the labtop speakers... should I be able to hear them....I never put a limiter on my beats when I make them...I always do a bit of premixing when making my beats..
    more like putting elements at certain levels and some panning to make room so everything can be heard and make sure all the elements have some balance so the overall beat sound good.....

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