people tend to not realize that compression actually reduces your low end. It doesn't add! It's one of the drawbacks(or not if that's what you wanted to do in the first place). I tend not to compress kicks at all unless i'm looking for more of an attack (what you call 'tappy'). The old Dbx160 was great for this. You could get some real serious smack on your drums using that piece. Again though at the expense of your low end to which you'd probably exacerbate the problem when you'd throw an eq in after the compression to try and bring your low end back. You're better off using subtractive eq'ing to get what you want, rolling of some extreme low end and dipping in order to bring out more of the mid attack at around 180 - 250hz, instead of relying on slamming it and killing the transients by compressing. You can always throw a low sine wave or subby kick with a modified slow attack (so it doesn't interfere with your original kick) and the highs filtered out placing it underneath your original, almost subliminally, in order to get that holy grail rumbling going.
Originally Posted by Benedict
but as i always say YMMV
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