I had been tracking drums using a modified version of Recorderman's setup. And I was using good equipment, but still the drums sounded thin... I had a SDC Crown C700 two drumsticks' height from the snare drum going into an API pre. I had another C700 two drumstick's height over the drummer's shoulder into another API. I had an SM57 tight on the snare into a third API. I had a Neumann U-89 under the snare going into a Demeter pre (with phase reversed). Then I had a Audix vocal mic in the kick (to be triggered later). These were going into a RNC and dbx 166 compressors into a MOTU 896HD into Digital Performer. Sounded pretty good, in a jazzy realism way, but I couldn't hear the punch I wanted to hear... So, I tried something I had heard about that never made sense, but really sounded great. I took the recorded signals and ran them out of the box into the RNC compressor and squashed the hell out of the drums. I had a low compression threshold, high ratio, semi quick attack, semi quick release. I put the squashed output onto a stereo pair in DP. Now I can mix the original lightly compressed signal with the hyper squashed signal. It has a great punch to it and I'm pleased as can be. Why should this approach sound so much better than just tracking with more compression? The difference is qualitative, not quantitative.