Hi all, I am relatively new to recording drums and I would be grateful if some of you could share your drum compression strategies. In particular, I'd be interested to know if you use compression during tracking, and if yes on which mics and how you set up your compressors. The idea that I am currently pursing is the following: - Compress the drums during tracking with a low ratio (2:1), the quickest possible attack time (< 1ms) and a fairly quick release. Max. gain reduction of about 6 dB. The aim is to catch the occasional peak so that the main compressors which will be used as channel inserts are presented with a more even signal. - Main compression takes place during mixdown. Main aim: Make drums snappy. I use medium ratios, short attack and medium release times. (this applies mainly to snare, toms and overheads.) - Drum Bus compression: Main aim is to increase loudness / density. Parallel compression works best most of the times. Do you think this makes sense? I hope I'll get a few new ideas from you. Thanks!