I noticed that a lot of modern metal songs sometimes have this booming drum sound (I think it's made on the toms and/or bass), for example before/during a breakdown in some metalcore songs.

It's a very loud, saturated drum beat (single beats only) that almost sounds like a cannonball being fired. Very often, the drums are spiced up with a deep bass note to make it sound even more intense and I would love to know how the whole editing for the drum and bass sound is done. I'm not sure if it's rather an edited drum beat or a bass technique...

There is one song that comes in my mind: Crumble by Breakdown Of Sanity, the booming sound appears a few times throughout the whole song, there is one at 0:12 already

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    Can you give some examples? – Von Huffman Nov 4 '14 at 21:34
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    Are you talking about a bass drop? – Eichhörnchen Nov 5 '14 at 18:36
  • Would an example be: Critical Acclaim by Avenged Sevenfold around 2:53? – Eichhörnchen Nov 5 '14 at 18:38
  • I edited my question a bit, I totally forgot to add a good example. My example would be Crumble by Breakdown Of Sanity. – muffin Nov 7 '14 at 2:46
  • I was attending Korn concert couple of years ago and noticed that Ray Luzier uses electronic drum pad with prerecorded bass drop sound, so that he could play on his drum set and produce this sound when needed. Of course, that sound was non-organic and definitely is software generated. – Andrejs Cainikovs Mar 29 '17 at 9:40

Well as far as I know that is what's referred to as a 'bass drop' (but I think that term gets thrown around for a few different effects). There are probably a bunch of ways to do it: a fretless bass can simply slide down the lowest string with some nice EQ and that's about all it takes (provided the bass is tuned low enough).

The studio sound on your example was quite possibly created using a Low Pass Filter with an envelope trigger that moves the cutoff frequency from somewhere in the bass range all the way down to nothing over a half-second or so. The filter's resonance setting can be turned up to enhance the low frequency tone and give it some body as the cutoff is modulated. You could use just about anything as audio input but probably a drum kick or sub bass oscillator from a synth.

  • It's not a drop - a drop is a separate section of a song, and in both of the examples above, the note doesn't fall at the start of a section. But your sound design parts could be on the ball. It could also just be a triggered 808 sample. – naught101 Feb 3 '17 at 0:44

It could be a unmuffled bass drum or maybe like a 16 inch floor tom or maybe a even bigger floor tom

  • Nah, drums do have such a build in volume (the peak in the volume is a beat or two after the sound starts). – naught101 Feb 3 '17 at 0:41

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