Join J. Scott Giaquinta for an in-depth discussion in this video Bussing drums for group processing, part of EDM Production Techniques: Drums.
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…So this is where things start to get interesting.…Up until now, we've done very mild…processing on all the drums separately, but it's…still missing the dirt and grit, essentially…the drive, that our ears like so much.…I want to show you how to route drums into groups,…or buses, in order to affect entire groups of sounds.…So what I have here are the sounds that we've…been using so far, kicks, snares, crash, all the other ones.…I'm going to route everything but these two…middle percussion tracks, which I'm going to affect separately.…Enter a different bus.…But I'm going to take the rest of these sounds and route them into this first bus.…So what I'm going to do is go create new Return Track.…
What that does is create a return track down here.…So the first thing I'm going to do is turn my IO on.…If this button's not on, this is where to turn this on.…So on each of these tracks kick, snare, crash, open hat loop, closed hat.…Everything but these middle, actually, the middle percussions…are going to be routed this way as well.…
This course features Ableton Live and Native Instruments' Battery drum sampler, but you can use these techniques in any DAW of your choice.