Drums

Frank Joli, FOH for Simple Plan, gives his tip for compressing the snare channel live using the MV2 Compressor and Renaissance Compressor plugins from Waves.

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Mixing Engineer/Composer Dave Darlington (Bob Sinclar, Digable Planets, Sting, “Oz”) gives his tip for sidechaining the kick track with Renaissance Compressor.

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In this video tutorial with Stephen Kelly from the Waves Street Team, you'll learn how to get loud dynamic drums using the Waves SSL, CLA-76 and L2 plugins.

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In this webinar, author of the OpenMix™ book Hit Record, producer / mixing engineer Yoad Nevo (Sugababes, Bryan Adams, Pet Shop Boys) talks about the basics of mixing drums while demonstrating how he uses Waves plugins in the process.

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In this short tutorial, we present a tip from producer/engineer Jack Joseph Puig (The Rolling Stones, U2, Black Eyed Peas, Green Day). You’ll learn how to achieve a professional-sounding drum mix by avoiding hi-hat bleed into the snare reverb.

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Here’s a mixing trick we got from mixing producer/engineer Ross Hogarth (Ziggy Marley, Doobie Brothers). You’ll learn how to achieve a fatter, heavier snare sound by pitch shifting the snare track, adding reverb to it, and then blending the result back in with the original.

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One of the most important techniques in professional sound mixing is side-chain compression, also known as ducking or keyed ducking. This video tutorial from Shachar Gilad includes a demo of the side-chain technique, sending the kick and snare drums to the C1 compressor/expander to trigger the ducking effect on a keyboard pad. The result is adds power to the kick and snare, groove to the keyboard pad, and glues all three elements together in the mix.

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In this video tutorial, Shachar Gilad of Waves introduces basic techniques for live drum sound mixing. The first step in drum mixing is achieving a good internal balance between the different elements of the drum kit, then EQing the individual drum tracks. You’ll also learn basic drum compression techniques as well as parallel drum buss compression. As a finishing touch, Shachar shows how adding reverb to the snare gives it tail and impact.

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In this video, GRAMMY® award-winning mixing engineer Chris Lord-Alge demonstrates the CLA Drums plugin at his Los Angeles studio, Mix LA.

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A tutorial from renowned drummer Nir Z (Genesis, John Mayer, Chris Cornell) with tips on how to use Waves GTR Solo to improve drum sounds using creative processing techniques.

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