Are You Tired of Dealing With look here Shitty Drum Sounds from Home Recordings?

If so, here's a story you might be familiar with:

You Finally Get That Band to Send You Their Song to Mix!

But as soon as you import the tracks into your DAW you realize:

"Ugh...another shitty drum recording I have to fix..."

And it's not like you can do anything about the recordings themselves. You didn't record them in the first place!

So you think you yourself:

"I guess I have to make the most of these drums during mix down."

So you crack your knuckles and go to work trying to fix this messy mix.


But it's not easy! That tight and punchy drum sound you're chasing seems out of reach with those terrible recordings...

You're immediately exhausted just thinking about how impossible it'll be to transform those crappy home studio drums into powerful and punchy beats.

http://oceanadesigns.net/images/granite/verde-maritaka/verde-maritaka.jpg But you try anyway.

You start with the kick drum and no matter what you do http://themedevenings.com/casino-themed-christmas-parties/feed/ it just sounds flabby. The boominess overpowers the low-end and gives no room or definition to the bass guitar. You can't find the right compression setting to keep the kick under control without making it sound over-compressed and lifeless.

Once you finally have your low-end under control you still can't get the snap of the beater to cut through the high-end, leaving you with a kick drum that's all oomph and no punch.

When you turn to the snare drum you immediately hear tough problems jumping out at you. There's an annoying ringing resonance that you just can't find. Whatever you do with your EQ, the snare either sounds too boxy or too thin. The hi-hat bleeds into the snare drum mic so much that it's almost impossible to get the snare to sit well without the hi-hat dominating your drum sound.

All you want is a powerful snare that drives the song forward, but all you're left with is a ringing snare that sits on top of the drums.

When the drummer plays a fill you hardly hear it because the toms are drowned out. When you push the volume up they just get in the way and sound detached, like somebody added a weird tom sample from another drum recording on top of the mix!

When you work on the overheads you can't get a good balance between the kick, snare and the rest of the kit. The drums were recorded in a boxy-sounding room so you try your best to EQ out as much of that hollow room sound but it always feels messy in the low-mids.

Every track you work on has that obvious amateur room reverb tail that you can't get rid of!

When you try to get your drums to sit forward in the mix they just end up getting in the way of the rest of the arrangement. Adding reverb just makes it worse, muddying up the drum sound and leaves it sounding distant and under the rest of the mix.

It makes you mad as hell and you almost can't take it anymore!


If this story sounds familiar to you, don't worry - you're not alone.

Here I am...probably trying to get the snare to sit with the drums while still making it cut through the mix...

It's 100% true and it's happened to us all, myself included.

Throughout those tough sessions I learned a thing or two on tackling terrible drum sounds.

I learned how to fix the muddy drum sounds with specific EQ cuts. I discovered how to add punch and dynamics to the drum bus with multi-band compression. I figured out how to gate the drums to get rid of unnecessary bleed (GOODBYE HI-HAT HISS!).

And I learned how to blend the right drum reverbs into the mix to keep the drums present while staying out of the way of the arrangement.

Transient designers allowed me to add attack to dull-sounding drums. They helped me get rid of the room reverb in my home recordings, and gave me tighter tracks to work with.

Sometimes those simple tricks didn't work though...

When all else failed, I turned to something more advanced. Drum replacement helped me layer samples into the drum sounds so I could sculpt the drums into whatever the artist wanted. 

It's hard to make a bedroom recording sound like an Arena Rock Sound but with the right samples and layers of reverb I could make a tiny garage band sound like stadium rock stars.

Once I'd add the rest of the instruments into the mix it would be a breeze to control the low-end definition between the kick drum and the bass guitar. With a few EQ tricks and some side-chain compression, the kick and bass would drive the song forward together instead of fighting over the frequency spectrum.

After solving these problems for so long I realized that I had created my own type of toolkit to tackle each of these tricky situations. Whenever I ran into a specific problem I had a tool that would solve it.

These challenges were fun because I knew exactly how to fix them!

  • Kick drum not cutting through the mix? Easily fixed with some high-mid EQ, maybe some transient design, or parallel compression.
  •  Snare drum sounding too thin? Some saturation and a dedicated "snare-stretch" reverb does the trick.  
  • Overheads sounding too harsh in the highs? Some multi-band compression will instantly tame those harsh high frequency transients.

Those are just a few examples of the tools on my utility belt I've acquired throughout the years, and now I want to share those tools with you.

Introducing “Drum Mix Toolkit”

Kick the Habit of Crappy Home Studio Drums

Your Drum Mix Toolkit is your one-stop-shop to getting professional sounding drums from your home recordings. If you've been needing to learn how to mix acoustic drums or breathe new life into your programmed samples, you'll discover new techniques and a solid foundation of knowledge to do just that.

  1. Practical Techniques: No boring theory, just practical advice on how to create kick-ass drum sounds from your home recordings, taught with both written advice and supplemental videos.
  2. From Foundational Techniques to Advanced Advice: Whether you're a novice beginner or a professional veteran, the techniques inside Drum Mix Toolkit are sure to give you brand new ideas to try out in your mixes.
  3. Practice Tracks, Resources and Bonuses: Included in the Drum Mix Toolkit are all the resources you need to learn how to mix great sounding drums, complete with practice tracks to apply the knowledge you learn right away. 

Get My Most Popular Drum Mix Toolkit Content for Free

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You'll receive simple practical drum mixing tips and short, easy-to-follow videos that help you improve your drum sound. If you like what you see I can show you where to get the full version of the Drum Mix Toolkit.

    • How to Make an Exciting Drum Mix in 9 Simple Steps
    • How a Solid Drum Foundation Will Make Your Mix Incredibly Powerful
    • How to Get Rid of Annoying, Ringing Resonances in Your Snare Sound
    • How to Easily Change the Feel of Your Mix By Focusing on the Right Reverb
    • The Importance of the Attack and Release on Your Compressor
    • How to Replace Weak Drums Without Deleting the Human Feel
    • How to Use Mono AND Stereo Drum Reverbs for More Depth
    • My Two Secret Weapons for Mixing Punchy Drums

Listen to the Drum Mix Toolkit Transformation

Includes Practical Training Videos that Show You Exactly How to Transform Your Drum Sound

12 Drum Mixing Videos that Get Straight to the Point of Getting a Good Drum Sound
Introduction to Drum Mix Toolkit

Duration: 1m 34.s

A quick hello and thank you from me with a few quick tips on how to use the Drum Mix Toolkit most effectively.

How to Get Rid of Ringing Drum Sounds

Duration: 3m 33s

The quick and easy way to find those annoying resonant frequencies that are making your drums ring.

How to Shape Your Drums With Transient Designers

Duration: 9m 23s

A transient designer is the secret weapon of your toolkit. You'll learn to tweak, shape and transform your drum tracks.

Two Different Overhead EQ Approaches

Duration: 11m 13s

Depending on the type of sound you're looking for, you can approach the EQ process of your overhead sound very differently. In this video I compare the two approaches and when to use each.

How to Use Sample Replacement Without Sacrificing the Human Feel

Duration: 7m 13s

Replacing your drums with samples can be scary. You don't want your drummer to sound like a robot. In this video you'll learn how to get the best of both worlds.

9 Simple Steps to a Great Drum Mix

Duration: 27m 30s

Shows you a fast and efficient way of getting a great drum sound, in only 9 easy steps.

Full-Band VS Multi-Band Compression Shootout

Duration: 12m 38s

You'll learn the versatility of the multi-band compressor and when to choose it over the traditional full-band compressor.

The Importance of the Attack and Release on Your Compressor

Duration: 8m 36s

You'll learn exactly what to listen for when you're finding the perfect attack and release settings for your kick and snare.

How to Get a Thunderous Tom Sound

Duration: 31m 55s

If your toms sound boxy and buried in the mix, this video will teach you to make them big, punchy and powerful.

How to Get the Kick and Bass Guitar to Move Together in the Mix

Duration: 4m 11s

The kick drum and the bass guitar will clash and clutter up your low-end. This video will teach you how to easily separate the two with a simple compression trick.

Plus: Complete Drum Mix Walkthroughs

Complete Drum Mix Walkthrough With Home Recorded Drums

Duration: 1h 9m

This video combines every trick in the book, taking a boring home recorded drum sound and transforming it into an exciting and powerful drum mix.

Bonus: Drum Mix Walkthrough Using Drum Replacement

Duration: 10m 41s

This video expands on the previous one, but this time you'll learn to replace the kick and snare and mix the samples back into the drum mix.

There are multiple ways to mix drums of course, but knowing how all the tools work will help you create a killer drum sound regardless of style or genre.

Take Your Drum Sounds From Subpar to Super With the Techniques Inside the Toolkit

Included in the Drum Mix Toolkit are Three Exclusive Bonuses

Bonus #1 - Drum Mix Toolkit Resource Sheet

  • 25 Drum Mixing Resources to Improve Your Mixes Even Further
  • An Overview of Popular Sample Replacement Tools 
  • Where to Find Transient Designer Plug-ins
  • Resources for Practice Materials
  • Advice on Making Your Mixes Translate to Every Speaker

Bonus #2 - Practice Tracks

  • In case you don't have any multi-tracks to practice your drum mixing, I've included a drum recording you can use to try out all the tips and tricks you read about inside the Drum Mix Toolkit.
  • Drum tracks include a drum track recorded in a home studio setting, with a kick, snare, under-snare, two tom mics, stereo overheads and a room microphone.

Bonus #3 - Percussion Toolkit - Make Your Percussion Punch Through

  • How to Use Arrangement Techniques to Make the Most of Your Percussion Sounds
  • Where to Pan Your Percussion to Make Your Mix Sound Wider
  • How to Use EQ and Compression on Shaker, Tambourine and Hand Drums
  • Three Easy-to-Use Effect Techniques to Create Depth and Space With Your Percussion and Make it Fit With Your Drum Mix

Here's What You'll Learn:

9 Steps to a Greater Drum Mix

How Your Polarity Switch Can Mean the Difference Between "Thin and Weak" or "Thick and Tight"

How to Simplify Your Drum Sound to Make Your Mixing More Efficient

How to Use Bus Processing and Parallel Compression to Glue Your Drum Sound Together

How to Use Sample Replacement to Save a Shitty Drum Sound From Itself

How to Use the Secret Weapon of the Transient Designer to Shape Your Drum Sounds Into What You Hear in Your Head

How to Blend Multiple Reverbs Together in Your Drum MIx, Making the Drums Sound Larger than Life

How to Fit the Kick Drum and Bass Guitar Together in the Low End

How to Use the Volume Faders to Get the Correct Balance From Your Drums (WHAT A NOVEL IDEA?!?!)

How to Take Full Advantage of the Phase Relationship Between Your Tracks to Make Every Track Sound Tighter

4 Different Ways of Grouping Your Drums for Easy Mixing

What Processing to Use When You Don't Have Drum Replacement or Transient Designers at Your Disposal

Where to EQ Drums to Get Rid of Boxiness, Muddiness, and Harshness

Why Your EQ is Kind of Like the Jedi's Trusty Lightsaber

Your 6 Step Process for Using Drum Compression for Tighter Drums

A Behind the Scenes Look at How the Ratio of Your Compressor Affects Your Drum Sound

When to Choose FET, OPTO or VCA Compression Styles

How to Use Multi-Band Compression for a Tighter, Yet MORE Dynamic Drum Sound

How to Use Gates to Get a Cleaner Drum Sound

What to Avoid When Gating the Kick and Snare

Why You Should Use Analog Summing and Saturation to Add More Warmth and Depth to Your Drums

Why Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" is the Reason I Use This One Plug-in on ALL My Mixes

How to Use Parallel Compression to Add Power to Your Drums

Specific EQ and Compression Guides for Kick, Snare, Toms and Overheads

How to Side-Chain the Bass to Get the Kick to Cut Through

How to Get a Thunderous Tom Sound in Three Steps

The Difference Between a Drastic and Subtle Overhead EQ (And When to Choose Which)

Adding Space to Your Drum Mix Without Making Your Drums Sound Distant

How to Use Two Separate Reverbs on the Snare to Get it to Stand Out

How to Select the Right Reverb Mode For Your Song

How to Use Gated Reverbs Without Sounding Like You're an 80's Cover Band

See what some past users have to say:

"Drum Mix Toolkit is a fantastic resource. Not only is it a well written book full of tips, tricks, and workflow methods that you can implement today, but to me, the best part is that it also contains video examples by Bjorgvin himself so you can actually hear the techniques in action! It's one thing to read about audio, but it's another to see exactly how to use these techniques in a real session, and more importantly, to hear the differences made through the process. To top it off, Bjorgvin has provided the practice tracks he used in the videos for free as well! Absolutely fantastic and highly recommended! What I've learned in this package will be used on my bands/brothers drum tracks for years to come!"

Jonathan Timpe Musician/Engineer

"I've just finished reading the book and I found a lot of tricks and tips for mixing drums. I also realised that I had totally misunderstood what compression ratio is. Now everything is clear. I think that the book is easy to read. You did a serious and really good work...it helped me understand the way of thinking when mixing drums. And I think that was the most important. Every detail was helpful because I had previous knowledge for mixing drums but I was missing some important information on EQ and Compression which is now clearer. Transient Designers rock!!! I honestly can’t find something that I did not like. From the book and the way the content is presented in clear chapters to the incredible videos. Everything was great. Really good value for money.”

Louis Georgiou Musician/Engineer

"Reading this guide from the perspective of wanting to learn some new things, a couple of ideas that you raised were new learning for me - the sections on gating I liked and learned something, and particularly the section on creating a gated reverb; also, the section on ducking the bass to the kick drum was a good read. I already know about ducking, but I got a lot out of your simple 6 steps - the process of setting up the bass to duck with the kick - was very clearly defined and well laid out."

Justin Leary Home Studio Musician 

If You're Still Unsure About Whether the Drum Mix Toolkit is for You, Let Me Answer Your Most Frequent Questions

How is this different than other drum mixing tutorials?

What genre does this apply to?

Is this for beginner or advanced engineers?

Can't I just find all this stuff on Youtube?

I use only midi drums, or only mix drum samples. Realistically, will this book help in that situation?

Get My Most Popular Drum Mix Toolkit Content for Free

Sign up below to get my most requested and popular content on mixing drums.

You'll receive simple practical drum mixing tips and short, easy-to-follow videos that help you improve your drum sound. If you like what you see I can show you where to get the full version of the Drum Mix Toolkit.

    • How to Make an Exciting Drum Mix in 9 Simple Steps
    • How a Solid Drum Foundation Will Make Your Mix Incredibly Powerful
    • How to Get Rid of Annoying, Ringing Resonances in Your Snare Sound
    • How to Easily Change the Feel of Your Mix By Focusing on the Right Reverb
    • The Importance of the Attack and Release on Your Compressor
    • How to Replace Weak Drums Without Deleting the Human Feel
    • How to Use Mono AND Stereo Drum Reverbs for More Depth
    • My Two Secret Weapons for Mixing Punchy Drums

Who am I and what kind of a name is Bjorgvin?!?

Hi, I’m Björgvin Benediktsson. I’m an audio engineer, musician and educator. I help home studio musicians make a greater impact with their music by teaching them how to produce and engineer themselves. I’m an Alumni from the SAE Institute and I've been working in the audio industry since 2006.

I've worked in live sound doing huge concerts back home in my native Iceland (that's where the name is from), recording bands in Madrid, Spain (where I went to audio engineering school) or producing, recording and mixing local bands today in Tucson, Arizona (I get around a lot...).

Through these diverse experiences I've grown to learn one thing:

I love teaching you how to make an impact with your music productions. 

I've taught thousands of up and coming home studio producers such as yourself how to make an impact with their music through Audio Issues since 2011.​

If I can help somebody improve the sound of their music and that helps them get extra fans and exposure I think I've done a great job.

I believe in sharing my knowledge with everyone and through Audio Issues I've been able to do that. I might not have won any Grammys but I enjoy being the person that inspires others to make great music while aspiring to learn as much as there is to know (and pay forward!).​

That's what I'm all about. I've learned a lot from working in the industry since 2006 and I hope my knowledge can become your shortcut to taking your mixes to the next level.

I hope to see you on the inside.​

Kindly allow me to over estimate your importance in growth of my musical career fro an amateur into a pro.. Your information has really molded my production skills into what my clients today call good music. Thanks a lot and keep up the good work.


Andika Wilson
Engineer/Producer

Thank you for sharing your experience to improve my work... ; )

Pedro Guzman
Engineer

I like your training materials. Well produced, focused, and a pleasure to watch and learn from.

John Miller
Engineer

No Boring Theory, Just Practical Tools to Improve Your Drum Sound Right Away

Here's what Yanni Caldas learned with the Drum Mix Toolkit:

"A better ear in the sense of knowing which frequencies to listen for, whether it would be for kicks, aux percussion, cymbals. Knowing which frequencies to listen to have made a huge impact in my productions by creating a more crisp drum section that drives the piece."

Yanni Caldas Home Studio Musician 

"Looking forward to show you how you can drastically improve your drum mixes by sharing all of the tools and tricks I've learned throughout the years. Learn from my countless hours of mixing drums and get right to the good stuff to create killer sounding drums!”

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