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How to Use Transient Designers to Kill the Reverb in Your Drums

If you’ve ever had to deal with a kick drum track with an annoying reverb tail, this trick will help you out.

Yesterday I was mixing a track for an artist that bought one of my Custom Mix Tutorials.

It’s a really interesting track with a cool arrangement that’s fun to mix.

However, as I was trying to get a good drum mix I noticed the kick drum had a reverb tail I didn’t like.

I’d rather create my own space for the drums with reverb than having to settle for whatever room sound the recording had, so I wanted to get rid of it.

How did I do it?

Enter My Transient Designer

Transient designers are great for shaping sounds.

You can use them to give sounds more attack or sustain.

Conversely, you can also use them to kill the attack of the transient or reduce the release of the track.

It really came in handy on this particular kick drum track.

By simply pulling down the release on the transient designer I managed to completely kill the entire reverb tail, making the kick drum much punchier and clearer in the mix.

Shape Your Sounds

Next time your drum sound leaves you uninspired, slap on a transient designer and see whether you can shape them to your standard.

In that particular case, I just used the stock transient designer in Logic, the Enveloper, but there are multiple options out there:

It’s definitely a great tool to have in your arsenal for punchy drums.

Learn to Mix Drums With The Drum Mix Toolkit

Book Mockup other sideIf you don’t know all the tools you have at your disposal, I’ve put together a package that includes all the tricks and techniques I’ve learned in the last decade of mixing drums.

It’s called the Drum Mix Toolkit and it’s designed to transform your drums from weak and thin to powerful and punchy.

Here are some techniques you’ll learn discover when you get your copy:

  • How to Use Bus Processing and Parallel Compression to Glue Your Drum Sound Together
  • 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 Take Full Advantage of the Phase Relationship Between Your Tracks to Make Every Track Sound Tighter
  • 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
  • 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
  • How to Use Multi-Band Compression for a Tighter, Yet MORE Dynamic Drum Sound
  • How to Use Gates to Get a Cleaner Drum Sound
  • 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
  • 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 Gated Reverbs Without Sounding Like You’re an 80’s Cover Band

Plus: 3 Exclusive Bonuses:Drum_Mix_Toolkit_Resource_Sheet_01

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

MultitracksBonus #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.

Percussion_Toolkit_00 (1)Bonus #3 – Percussion Toolkit – Make Your Percussion Punch Through

  • 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

365 Day Money Back Guarantee

As with all of the Audio Issues products, if Drum Mix Toolkit doesn’t live up to your standards I will happily refund your money, no questions asked.

You try all the tricks and even keep the tutorial for a full year before deciding whether you like them or not.


“I take my guarantee very seriously. I am not interested in keeping your money if you do not get any value from what I’m creating for you.

So if you’re not happy, I’m not happy.

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About me

About Björgvin Benediktsson

I’m Björgvin Benediktsson. I’m a musician, audio engineer and best-selling author. I help musicians and producers make a greater impact with their music by teaching them how to produce and engineer themselves. 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.

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