Drum Mixing - Kick
Start getting rid of all the kick. There's a lot of stuff in these rooms that as soon as I turn them on, they're cool because they kind of glue everything together, but at the same time, there's just wild stuff going on, like that kick, and like those trash frequencies, so I gotta get this under control, but I don't wanna completely kill them, because they definitely add nice body and life to the kit. (fast drum beat) All right. Starting to sound like something. And check out these toms real quick, and then come back to other things. I'm muting these. (fast drum beat) (slow drum beat) Okay. (slow drum beat) All right, so I'm gonna do some global EQ stuff. I'm raising them up. They already sound all right, but there's some problems I need to solve. I'm raising them universally at 8 and up. Maybe I'm gonna go to 10, because that's gonna help the high end peak over the guitars, help us hear the toms throughout a very, very dense mix. (slow drum beat) Filtering out the very, very lows. The...
re's nothing like the low end of toms to destroy a mastering chain, so I'll just get rid of that. (slow drum beat) Just looking for all the nastiness, 'cause there's quite a bit, and I'm gonna cut it. Usually it happens kind of around the 500 to 800 region on the toms. Just like, I've never found a tom that doesn't have just crap in that area. The mics that I like, a lot of the time, the D6s naturally scoop that, but you still are gonna get it, especially with this room. This room is just adding a ton of that garbage. (slow drum beat) Also some grossness down there. (slow drum beat) It's already sounding better. Sometimes you don't realize it while you're making the changes, but always bypass, to see where you were before. Listen with and without. (slow drum beat) And try to bring down some of those highs just a little bit in the bleed. Where is it? Just try to be gentle about it though. (slow drum beat) I don't really like compressing toms much, but I do like limiting them as well as cliffing them, because it sounds cool. (slow drum beat) (fast drum beat) So by themselves, you might get carried away into thinking that they sound a little weird, and a lot of things sound weird by themselves, but just pay attention to what happens, now that I put the drums back on. (fast drum beat) As opposed to before. (fast drum beat) I'd say we're in better shape. (fast drum beat) I still have a little bit to do to these. First of all, I'm gonna send them to the drum verb, and see what happens. (fast drum beat)