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EQing Parallel Drums – Tony Maserati's SSL Tip #3

Nov 16, 2017 | 70,257 Views

In this video, Grammy-winning mixer Tony Maserati (Beyoncé, Jay Z) shares how he uses a sidechain to get drums to cut through a mix with EQ and effects on a parallel compression buss.

Filtering the sound energy before a compressor will change how it controls the dynamics. By using a sidechain input set to the main drum channels, Tony preserves the original dynamic behavior of the SSL G-Master Buss Compressor and blends the parallel channel naturally with the rest of the mix.

When building the parallel buss, be sure to 'mix the sends' and set the sidechain triggers post-fader to preserve its accurate reactivity to the mix.

This is video #3 in a four-part series:
Part 1: How to set parallel drum compression
Part 2: How to compress hi-hats
Part 3: EQing parallel drums
Part 4: Bass and synth bass mixing