With Little Foot, Boz Digital Labs focused on an interface that lets you dial in your sound as quickly as possible without having to worry about a pile of other features. If a million features is what you want, Sasquatch will probably be your answer.
We’ve all had the experience of mixing a kick drum that just didn’t have quite the oomph it needed. You can try EQing it, but that just seems to make it flabby and loose. Sometimes you need a little extra beef that you just can’t extract out of the kick drum itself. You can replace it with samples, but sometimes that alters the sound too much.
Little Foot lets you add anything from subtle to extreme low end to your kick drum without compromising the original sound. It does this by triggering a low-frequency sine wave that plays along with your original kick drum. You can control how deep and how hard this sine wave triggers, and how long it sustains. You can even “tune” your kick drum to match the key of the song.
Boz Digital Little Foot Audio Plug-In Features
Boz Digital Labs Little Foot—Cracking the Code
- Super simple layout
- Add Oomph to your kick drum in seconds
- Easily go from a simple natural enhancement to over the top sustain
As every professional mix engineer knows beyond any doubt, you can’t EQ what isn’t there. If a producer tracked a drum kit using a 20″ kick drum with a single-ply resonant head, there’s not going to be very much going on in the sub frequencies. An old trick in the studios to bring out sub frequencies of a kick drum was not EQ, but rather to gate a low-frequency sine wave tuned to the drum’s fundamental to be triggered by the kick and sent to another channel for blending purposes. The combination of natural kick and low-frequency fundamental added “Oomph,” as Boz Digital calls it, without crazy boosts in EQ to eat up headroom.
The standard procedure for sub-bass drops is a tad complicated involving a CPU-hungry virtual instrument channel, aux channel, sidechain gating, busing, pre-fader sends to hear the effect in solo, high-pass filtering, and so forth. With Little Foot, you get the effect without having to tweak noise gates for attack, hold, and release to get the proper sustain; no going back and forth between sine wave track and kick to check results; and no need for additional plug-ins to tune the sine wave or modify its envelope. Little Foot lets you do all of that with one simple interface, plus it enables you to individually tune, add sustain, and level-control the “Oomph” signal, and treat the original kick for resonance (which is where the money is on drums). With Little Foot, all you have to do is drop it on your kick drum track and adjust to taste.
Little Foot—Big Easy
Being dedicated to kick drum enhancement greatly simplifies the user interface of Little Foot. Instead of trying to be all things to all low-frequency instruments, Little Foot gives you exactly what you need to craft your kick drum quickly and effectively.
Controls in the Oomph section include Frequency, Sustain, Threshold, and Level. Simply select the sub-harmonic frequency you wish to add, how long it will sustain (short for punch, long for fun), set the threshold to determine when it will kick in (see what we did there?), and set its level (less is more). The Dry section alongside Oomph is where you dial in the natural sound. It gives you a variable high-pass filter to make room for the sub-drop; a resonance knob that lets you boost slightly above the corner frequency of the HP filter, which prevents the sound from thinning out while eliminating unneeded lows; and finally, a level control to dial in how much dry kick you need. On the far right of Little Foot is an In/Out level meter and a main level slider in case you get carried away. Beneath these controls is a Reset button in case you lose perspective, and an “About” button, in case you want to meet your maker . . .