#1
A friend of mine always uses Reason 4.0 and ProTools 7 LE and on alot of his recordings(Metal genre) I always hear him putting in these huge drum hits(like a large timpani) with alot of release time that makes the begining of a riff sound huge. You can hear it in alot of metal bands now-adays but i cant figure out how he's getting it to sound like that. I used alot of different timpani's with the same program and boosted the bass way up and cant even come close. Anyone have any ideas?? And yes, I HAVE asked him, but he isnt very specific about how he's doing it.
#2
Well, it is an obvious question, but have you listened to the ones you made in an actual mix rather than just on their own? Because there can be a lot of difference when the other instruments are heard.

Have you tried adding a large reverb with a long release? Do you have an example of the sound we can listen to?
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