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Tips for Powerful 808 Kicks

Aug 08, 2018 | 94,225 Views

Want to add more character & punch to the 808 kicks in your tracks? In this video, learn how to add top-end attack, distortion, and clean up a muddy mix by sidechaining your 808 kick and bass.

Download these free presets for the Smack Attack Transient Shaper, Manny Marroquin Distortion, F6 Floating-Band Dynamic EQ and the plugin chain for StudioRack:

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To load these presets:

  1. Download the file: ‘’
  2. Extract and the .XPS preset files from the zip folder
  3. In the plugin menu, Select ‘Load’
  4. ‘Open Preset File…’
  5. Find the location of the extracted .XPS preset files:
    "Smack_808_Attack.xps", "Manny_808.xps", "F6_808K_Bass_SC.xps", and "808_SR.xps"
  6. Select the '_____.xps’
  7. Click ‘Open’

To save each preset in your plugin menu:

  1. Select ‘Save’ in the plugin menu
  2. Select ‘Put into Preset Menu As…'
  3. Choose the existing name or a new preset name
  4. Hit ‘Ok’

Want to learn more about mixing 808s? Get tips from the producers & mixers for artists such as Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar, Dj Khaled and