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In this course, author Bobby Owsinski reveals industry tips, tricks, and techniques for producing professionally mixed audio on any digital audio workstation. He offers recommendations for setting up an optimal listening environment, highlights the most efficient ways to set up and balance a mix, and shows how to build a powerful sound with compression. The course also explains how to master the intricacies of EQ; incorporate reverb, delay, and modulation effects; and generate the final mix.
The floor tom is one of the most difficult drums to equalize because if we are not careful, it can end up sounding like a basketballs instead of a very powerful drum. But here's an EQ approach that you can take to really make it sound great. So once again, our floor tom sound different but if it doesn't sound really good in the room, it's not going to sound good, regardless of how much EQ you add. So the real trick here is add just enough EQ to make it sound a whole lot better. So let's listen to our drum fill at the beginning of the song, and listen on the left-hand side for the floor tom.
(Music playing) Just listen to it soloed. (Music playing) So I think we can make that sound little better. Let's go to our 4-Band native EQ plug-in. So the first thing we are going to do is we are going to go to 400 and that's a magic number for the floor tom because that's where the beach ball sound comes from, and you want to get rid of it. So put this up at 400Hz and it might vary because it could be a little higher or little lower but 400 is a good place to start.
So let's get rid of it little bit here. Have a listen. (Music playing) Little more. I am going to exaggerate the amount of EQ that I am adding or subtracting here just so you get the idea, and in an actual mix, you might use a whole lot less than what I am going to show you here, but I am showing you enough to get the idea across on just about any size speakers. (Music playing) Let's Bypass that. (Music playing) Here we go again. (Music playing) I can hear big difference there.
Now the next thing, we want some fullness and the fullness is almost like a 22 inch kick drum. It's somewhere around 80Hz. Let's add a little bit there and have a listen. I am going to exaggerate it one more time. (Music playing) Yeah it sounds a lot bigger. Let's Bypass it have a listen. (Music playing) You can hear the difference there. One more time with the EQ in. (Music playing) Next thing we need is a little bit of the stick sound that goes some definition so once again that somewhere in the 5K to 7K region, I will start with 5, we had here 4dB.
Let's listen. (Music playing) And let's Bypass. (Music playing) One more time with the EQ in. (Music playing) Bypass. (Music playing) Big difference here. It sounds like a corporate box without the EQ. Now let's listen in the track. (Music playing) One more time. (Music playing) One last thing I want to show you is adding a high-pass filter, which once again can get rid of some of the unwanted low-frequency sounds that are happening, and these are usually environmental sounds that are coming from trucks that are passing outside, coming from helicopters, things like that.
And we don't take too much of this out but just a little bit goes a long way. So we're going to go to out plug-in, we will just use a one band plug-in and we'll put it on high-pass filter, at 12dB per octave and we are going to bring it back to somewhere around 30 cycles or so. Now you might not even hear this unless you have big speakers or you are listening with a subwoofer, but what it's going to do is help to really clean up the sound of your drum kit. So it's always worth putting a high-pass filter in. Let's listen soloed.
(Music playing) Bypass it. (Music playing) And once again, this type of thing if you are listening on small speakers or even headphones and you don't have a like 15 inch subwoofer or a very large monitor system, you might not hear that but it's still worth putting in and stopping somewhere around 30Hz or maybe with a little bit higher, and it will cleanup the sound of all your drum tracks. The more you use it on your drum tracks, the more you'll find that it will be a lot cleaner and punchier.
Let's have one last listen. (Music playing) Now the toms sound pretty good. So remember, like other drums it's the floor tom for each kit is going to sound different. You are never going to make it sound great if you start out with a bad product to begin with. Remember that the fullness comes from around 80Hz, the stick or attack sound or the definition comes from around 5 to 7K and that basketball sound comes from around 400 Hz.
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