Posts tagged drums
5 Tips To Get The Best Out Of The Artist

As much fun as we all have nerding out over engineering and production tips, it’s important to keep in mind the main reason we are in the studio: to create music with emotion and vibe that will resonate with listeners. In order to do that, we need the Artists more than they need us.  And more importantly, we need them at their absolute best. Here are 5 tips that we as Producers/Engineers can do to ensure that our clients are at the top of their game.

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The Beat Detective Hack That Gets Drum Editing Done Faster

Time correction on your drum tracks can be a can of worms.  There are many arguments for and against editing your drums, as well as a multitude of different techniques you can use to achieve the “performance” you’re looking for.  Today, I want to specifically focus on Pro Tools’ “Beat Detective” and its functionality and a few tips on improving performance.

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Four Creative Ideas for Sitting the Snare in a Mix​​​​​​​

Snare drums. Usually, they’re an integral element of a song. It’s also one of those elements that has a reputation for not wanting to play nice with the balance of a mix. Sometimes you get a track to mix and for whatever reason (tonality, dynamics, performance, etc…) the snare just won’t sit in with the rest of the track. It feels detached. On top. It’s own weird separate entity. Straight volume, EQ, and compression are the usual suspects we turn to when trying to get a snare to blend in, but there are some other fun & creative techniques to help solve this problem as well.

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5 Tips To Make Your Kick Drum Sound Good

Hey guys! It's Brad Simons here, and this post is all about how to make your kick drum sound good. There are few things more satisfying in the studio than getting that kick sound just right. As always, I'm going to talk about how I go about it, rather than describing all possible ways that it's done. We're going to talk about the process from tracking, all the way to mixing, so we can make sure the final mix has that much-needed kick drum sound. Here we go!

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How To Make Drum Samples

Making your own drum samples is a great way to get a punchy, natural sound in the mix. By adding in samples of the same kit you’re recording, it allows you to lower the close mics and the cymbal bleed that is captured by them, leading to a cleaner drum sound. Not all bleed is bad, but typically I don’t like a lot of over-compressed hi-hat in my snare track and gates can be tough to dial in.

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Drum Overhead Techniques For Incredible Sounding Drums

I like to think that drum overheads capture the bulk of the sound for the kit. This isn't always the case, as it depends on the style and the engineer. But for the most part, the overhead mic placement is where you get the big picture of the kit. So let's talk about a few drum overhead techniques you can use to get a great drum sound.

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