Watch how the StudioRack chain preset ‘Tab Fix My Mix’ by producer/mixer Chris Tabron (Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, Mary J. Blige) can transform muddy-sounding drum sub-mixes into powerful, hard-hitting grooves.
'Tab Fix My Mix' is included in the StudioRack plugin chainer as an Artist Preset. Download StudioRack free now, and try it in your next top-down drum mix.
A quick way to get muddy multitrack drum mixes to feel more focused and detailed is to start your processing journey on a sub-mix. You do this by creating an auxiliary track, into which all the separate drum elements feed via a bus. This approach is known as top-down mixing, which involves processing stereo buses before diving into working on individual tracks.
Chris Tabron’s StudioRack chain preset, shown in this video, helps you take this approach in a quick and easy way. The chain features the H-EQ, SSL G-Master Buss Compressor, V-Comp, Q10 Equalizer and Scheps 73 plugins, combining their controls into quick-access EQ and compression macros.
Chris Tabron about the 'Tab Fix My Mix’ StudioRack Chain
"I came up with my StudioRack chain presets when I was mixing some records, finding sounds that made me go: ‘Oh, THIS is a thing; this chain is a handy starting point I can call on again and again in the future.’”
“The macros in this particular chain preset are called Tidy Up, De-Muddy, Clarity, and Density – which hopefully gives you a good sense of what this preset can do. It can enhance drums from a creative standpoint, but it’s also useful in addressing technical processing issues."
‘Tab Fix My Mix’ – Macro Controls
Check out our other StudioRack Unchained episodes featuring Chris Tabron’s StudioRack chain presets: