Although I have a computer and Pro-Tools etc, I still do this on my Akai MPC 2000:
1) When I sample a Kick nowadays, I sample it at 4 different ranges with my EQ. I sample my kick with EQ flat first, then sample it bass only, then sample it mid range only, then sample it with Highs only.
2) Then I assign each one of these samples to it's own pad, so later on when it comes to the mixdown you can manipulate each one's volume control seperately. This way you will have superior control over manipulating the way your kick will sound both with volume, and playing with each one's attack, decay, and swing.
3) Record your flat EQ sample kick into your sequence first. When you are happy with your swing settings/patterns and all that jazz, then you can go go back and place the other 3 (low/mid/high) kicks underneath.
So to get the right tone or sound out of your kicks, you go into the mixing board and adjust the volume levels of the high end of your kick, the mid range of your kick, and the low end of your kick seperatley. It's like you have the ultimate chopped up home made Kick-Only EQ.
You can bring the mid of the kick up a bit, bring the bass down, and have the high end up to sound snappy as hell, or whatever you choose. You will be pleasantly suprised at how much you can effect the sound of your kicks. Plus with all that layering, you will get a nice thump. Unless you want to bring each one down or mess with attack/decay and lessen the thump a bit... you get the picture [img]smile.gif[/img]
4) Other tricks to try are to put a slightly different swing and lower volume on the other kicks, that way you will get some cool effects. Sometimes I take the low end sampled kick only, and syncopate it at a really low volume where it is barely audible, but you will definately feel the difference.
So come up with some of your own ideas and please share, and...
From yours truly - THE DONGER!
[ December 17, 2003, 10:14 AM: Message edited by: Bande-A-Part_ NYC ]