Drums

Are you mixing drums that sound weak, thin and lifeless? Learn how to add a layer of power to your mix by selecting drum samples to give your drums an extra lift. Then, learn how to 'glue' them together for a cohesive, natural sound.

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Producer & recording/mixing engineer Joe Barresi (QOTSA, Tool, Soundgarden) breaks down his approach to mixing drums and the benefit of looking at the different parts of a drum kit as a single, unified instrument. Phase, panning, level and parallel compression are all part of his holistic approach.

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If your drums feel too thin, try this: Grammy-winning mixer Dave Darlington (Avicii, Sting) shows how he makes his drum mixes hit harder using two plugins: Torque to fine-tune drum pitch, Smack Attack to boost drum transients.

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Learn how to mix drums from start to finish, from setting compression and EQ to correcting phase problems and manipulating transients. Then, finalize your drum mix with parallel compression, and add depth and dimension with reverb.

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“Drums can just be drums. But now they’re not.” Watch how producer Focus… (Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Recordings, Kendrick Lamar) uses the Torque drum tone shifter and other plugins to give his drum samples the exact feel he wants.

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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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