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Get simple practical drum mixing tips and short, easy-to-follow videos that help you improve your drum sound.
- 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
Your drums are the foundation on which everything else lies.
Screw that up and your mix falls down like a house of cards.
Here are 3 ways you can cheat your way out of a weak drum sound.
Think of these tips like the glue that holds your house of cards together.
1. Compressing the Overheads
Compress your overheads to raise the overall punchiness of your drum kit. It can elevate your drum sound in your mix and make it stand out more without getting in the way.
2. Buss compression
The “New York Compression Trick” boosts your punch without sacrificing your dynamics. Talk about having your cake and eating it too.
3. Drum replacement
I was recently introduced to Slate Drums’ Trigger plug-in. It’s a drum replacement plug-in. It is awesome. I’m debating whether I should go back and remix all of my songs with this plug-in. Just to make the drums sound a little better. Seriously, it’s that good.
Drum replacement is great when your drum sound sucks but you still have a good performance. They won’t really help if your drummer can’t groove to save his life.