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making my "live" drums really tight?

Discussion in 'Drums' started by jpgetty2win, May 2, 2009.

  1. jpgetty2win

    jpgetty2win Guest

    hi guys
    im trying to process my "live" drums so that they sound so tight that they could even be mistaken for drum machine hits. Im using EZ Drummer so they kinda sound "real/live" but i want them to sound extremely tight and pop song-ish. Ive been using compression and gates on them, ive got the kick sounding quite good, but the snare just isnt coming together. any ideas hows i can process them? (compression settings etc, if you think compressor is the way to go) many thanks in advance.
  2. NCdan

    NCdan Guest

    Short decays. Cheesy reverb. Oh, and compress the crap out of it before reverb. That should give you a completely unnatural snare sound worthy of a pop recording.
  3. dvdhawk

    dvdhawk Well-Known Member

    If that doesn't work you can use triggers and mix in samples from your favorite drum brain.
  4. ouzo77

    ouzo77 Active Member

    pull back the room mic fader, add another sample of a dry/processed snare drum and use parallel compression with a medium to slow release. add some smooth room reverb afterwards and you should have a tighter overall sound.
    if you have something like a transient modulator (logic has one called enveloper) you can also pull down the decay of the overhead mics for a dryer sound.
  5. RonanChrisMurphy

    RonanChrisMurphy Active Member

    Hard to say without hearing the drums, but a couple things to try are, quantize the drums performance, use a transient designer on the snare and maybe even overheads, mute the room mics, keep the overheads low in the mix, if you have to use them at all.
  6. jpgetty2win

    jpgetty2win Guest

    thanks guys. i use cubase. does that have a transient designer or something like it?
  7. ouzo77

    ouzo77 Active Member

    cubase 4 has a plugin called envelope shaper which seems to be similar.

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