How To Create A Larger Than Life Drop

September 15, 2020 by Daniel S.

Having an impactful drop or chorus is crucial to your tracks success as this is the most impactful part of your song.

The actual production and mixing of your song will be the main factors for creating a larger than life drop or chorus. However, there is one simple little technique that you can use to create a larger than life drop on any one of your songs regardless of the song's genre or what DAW you are in.

The human ear responds to changes over time. By making minor adjustments to your songs dynamics, stereo imaging, and frequency content we can trick the human ear into thinking our drop or chorus is bigger than it actually is.

💪 Action To Take

1. Add a volume plugin to your master channel. In the automation lane, set a node at the beginning of your buildup or pre-chorus section for the gain knob on your volume plugin. Drag the gain knob down around -2.3 dB and set another node a quarter note (1 beat) right before the drop or chorus starts. Then create a third node that moves the gain knob to 0dB right on the first beat of the drop. So as the buildup or pre-chorus section progresses, the gain knob will decrease to -2.3 dB up until the last quarter note of the buildup or pre-chorus. Then once the drop hits, the volume will be brought back to 0 dB.

2. Apply a stereo imager to your master channel and apply the same technique by bringing down the stereo imaging (make the track more mono). Then once the drop or chorus hits, bring the stereo imaging back to normal. A little goes a long way here, so don't feel you need to bring down the stereo imaging too much. 

3. Apply an EQ to your master channel and create a high shelf filter at around 4 kHz. Again apply the same technique and bring down the gain of the high shelf filter 2 to 2.5 dB one beat before the drop or chorus starts. Then once the drop or chorus starts take the gain back to 0 dB. 

While this tip may be subtle, it will definitely add much more power and impact to your drops or chorus, without having to change the mixing of the elements in your track.

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Daniel S.
Caffeine dependent, entrepreneur, music producer, sound design Junkie, and word traveler crazy about teaching music production. Founder of UpstreamSquad.

Comments (2)

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March 21, 2021 09:11 PM
thanks for this video.. :) really nice and simple

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Daniel S.
September 15, 2020 09:43 PM
Feel free to leave your comments on this bite-sized tutorial! Would love to hear what you think about it! 🙂

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