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How to groove better to a steady click

in Recording Tips

by Goran Rista

A simple, yet very effective solution to grooving tighter to a click.

Secret to producing drum tracks from the raw recording

in Drums

by Goran Rista

Learn how to effectively process and mix raw drum recordings for incredible, full-bodied, larger-than-life results.    Introduction: In this guide, I am going to explain concepts and techniques related to getting the most of out of an acoustic drum recording and bringing the raw recording to its fullest potential. I often hear musicians comment how recording drums is the hardest of recordings to do. That is only part of the challenge. The second part is knowing what to do with the recorded tracks! The main difference between recording/ producing real drums as opposed to other instruments is the number of…

Editing Of Drum Tracks

in Drums

by Goran Rista

 We'll manually edit portions of tracks that contain little material that was meant to be recorded, but a lot of unwanted "cross-talk" signal. This is the case with toms.

Time Alignment Of Drum Tracks

in Drums

by Goran Rista

 By time-aligning drum tracks, we compensate for delay in sound between different mics.

Gating of drum tracks

in Drums

by Goran Rista

Gating is a process in which a processor (a plugin) reduces or completely removes sound under a certain sound level (threshold). We are going to gate snare drum and the kick drum, but using different techniques.

EQ 'ing of drum tracks

in Drums

by Goran Rista

You can greatly manipulate characteristics of a sound with an EQ. It is one of the most precise sound-sculpting tools. Learn how to use it properly to bring out the characteristics of drums, while hiding unwanted overtones.

Phase alignment of drum tracks

in Drums

by Goran Rista

 Phase-aligning multiple microphones is a critical step in achieving fullest drum sound. Elements of drum set can disappear from the mix if not properly in phase. Learn what to do and how to ensure all of your tracks are in-phase with one another.

Compression of drum tracks - dynamic control.

in Drums

by Goran Rista

 Learn how to apply appropriate dynamic control to drum tracks to beef them up while still maintaining a natural sound.

Drum Tracks- To quantize or not to quantize?

in Drums

by Goran Rista

Remember the good old days when records were cut using only the finest session players around? Rhythm sections would record a take after take until THE take would satisfy the producer.Well, many things have changed in the last two decades. While computers have enabled most musicians to bring their ideas to fruition, so have they enabled mediocre musicians to fake their way through.

How to write efficient drum charts

in Drums

by Goran Rista

How to write efficient drum charts that will make your drummer happy and produce great results fast. The ultimate guide to drum-charting!

Why a skilled session drummer will save you time and money.

in Drums

by Goran Rista

So, you have worked on your songs for 2 years now, arrangements are ready and you've booked a studio to record your debut album. Your mate Dave, drummer that you've played some gigs with should do the job fine and it will save you a few bucks. Or so you think!