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q: about drum submix

Discussion in 'Drums' started by Krou, Nov 11, 2004.

  1. Krou

    Krou Active Member

    May 27, 2001
    Not sure what is the most standard practice for this, still new to it.

    Say I want to send my individual drum tracks to a stereo aux track in PT, and slap a compressor and eq across it all, is it better to use the sends from each track in order to blend both drum combinations or should I set the tracks' outputs to the aux track instead? I'm sure blending is quite common, it just never seems to sound right when I do it that wat, probably some phasing issues (it has a sight 'comb filtering' effect). Using the outputs only would mean I'll only have that submix coming through.

    I also read somewhere that when sending drum hit to a submix, it's best to leave the kick alone. As there are no rules and one should simply do what sounds good for the song, just thought I'd ask if there are any pros and cons to both methods?

  2. David French

    David French Distinguished Member

    Jun 19, 2002
    Sounds like your compressor plug has some unaccounted for processing latency. Does the version of PT you're working with have automatic delay compensation? The blending back in should be sample accurate. If you belnd them at eqwual levels, is the comb filtering very pronounced? What plug is it? Can you look up any associated fixed latency it might have? You should be able to do this trick without comb filtering.
  3. Chappy

    Chappy Guest

    My typical setup is an aux for the drum mix and an aux for the compressed/eq'd mix. Set all the outputs from the drum tracks to "bus 1-2" and of course the input for both of the auxes to "bus 1-2". Process and blend accordingly. I do all of this in PT LE and I've never had a problem with phasing.

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