Drum Mixing Tutorial

Drum Mixing tutorial covering EQ, Compression, and Analog Tape Simulator settings for the individual drum tracks. Before and after and final comparison of drums within the mix.

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Demos Vs Final Recording

The other day I was listening to Sessions with Slau and he said “I love the sound of demos they sound so demo-y.

That got me thinking about when I demo a song I’m working on. Normally I’m in the same room, same gear, but it’s not “there” yet. It’s the initial idea more or less, but I’m not familiar with it enough to know where the song stands yet, or even where it may end up either.

That begs the question, is the difference between a demo and a final “the performance” ? (if you are using the same gear / room)

Since I’d be using the same set-up to capture the final, it’s as though It’s the performance that would be the only thing to change on the final. Of course you’d have solidified “where” your song was going toward the end of the demo. And tailor the sounds, or create new ones you didn’t think of to begin with for the final. Sort of an interesting thought. You’ve heard of people using the first take or demo on the final. Something to think about when you’re putting together the next track your working on. Is it ready to be recorded?

Depends. Sometimes I get a riff or two going, then structure out the arrangement of the song, other times I  see what sticks after a few jam’s to the basic layout. Maybe add a part or rearrange the structure. Once the basic mold has taken shape, there generally isn’t too many changes from the demo to the final, except the performance has to be great.


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Reamp / Line2Amp

Reamp / Line2Amp – Video

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Quieter is Better

Why is quieter better?

While recording the microphones are listening to the source in an unnatural way.           Ever stick your head right next to a snare drum? Me Either.

Microphones are already placed in such a way that they pick-up the source in a manner our ears do not. Because of this playing in a more controlled and softer fashion yields a cleaner more consistent recording.

(Not as much compression later to control the volume)

Smaller drums played softer and tuned lower actually sound bigger to the microphones. They don’t required they huge amount of air that the room does to get the same sound. Think perspective here, the mic is normally next to the source it can hear the source loud and clear. If you were in the room, you’d need that extra volume to get the same sound to your ears.

Acoustic guitars sometimes get hit too hard during the recording process, you’ll end up with strange overtones, and almost distortion like lows when played too hard. Quiet or softer recordings do not mean extreme soft. Try and aim for 50-75% of your meters. Overloading the mic and pre will never sound good once captured.

Try a test and record the same part loud and soft. See if the soft once level matched doesn’t actually sound cleaner.

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Analog Tape Slow Down Effect

Analog Tape Slow Down Effect – Pro Tools Video

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