Drums

How do you breathe life and soul into programmed drums? We hit up producer, mixer and original 80s drum machine master Jimmy Bralower (Madonna, Nile Rodgers, Kurtis Blow, Hall & Oates) for his drum programming secrets.

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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 on a parallel compression buss.

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Grammy-winning mixer Tony Maserati (Beyoncé, Jay Z) shows you how he gently compress hi-hat and add energy to the overall track using the SSL G-Master Buss Compressor.

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How do attack, release and buss send levels interact when parallel compressing drums? Tony Maserati (Beyoncé) shows how to ‘mix your sends’ for extra drum energy using the SSL G-Master Buss Compressor.

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Learn how to fit kicks, snares and toms to the key of a track using Torque, a drum tone shifter plugin designed to enhance and fix drum tone with natural-sounding results.

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As mixers, we don’t always get ideally recorded drums or perfectly chosen drum samples. Torque helps improve drum tone and fix out-of-tune drums with natural results.

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Watch how audio mad scientist Tom Cosm shapes creative effects with drum loops, pianos and other samples, using the Smack Attack transient shaping plugin as a production tool.

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Shape the attack and sustain characteristics of your sounds for harder and punchier drums, loops, synth hits, bass, guitars and all percussive elements.

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In this video, we’ll show you how to shape transients to enhance your drum sounds, samples, and percussive synth, guitar and piano elements in your tracks.

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Watch how to get a punchy, pumping dance sound by ducking your bass whenever the kick hits: A quick tip from DJ, producer and remixer Dave Audé (Rihanna).

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