Join Larry Crane for an in-depth discussion in this video Preparing the drum tracks for mixing, part of Music Production Secrets: Larry Crane on Mixing.
Before I start mixing a song, I'll spend a bit of time working on the drums and …preparing them to make mixing much easier down the line. …A lot of times I'm working on tracks that somebody else has already recorded, and …I've had a few occasions where there had been bad edit points. …Maybe the drums were hutched in over a quick track, or maybe takes for comp …together, but they weren't quite finished off in the right way. …So, I'll start by looking for clicks and pops in the drum tracks. …Here we have an example of a track that's been edited together improperly.…
We have a punch point, or edit, in the middle of this tom here right here. …If you listen back to the track, it's not that obvious. …(MUSIC) But if you solo the tom, you'll hear it, (MUSIC) A weird little flutter …or click. Especially if you use the scrubbing …feature, and listen closely. (SOUND) You can hear a little click or …pop right there. What I'll do in this case is first start …by moving the punch point, because obviously that's in a really weird spot, …
Want more music production secrets? Check out Music Production Secrets: Larry Crane on Recording.
- Understanding the mix room acoustics
- Cutting frequencies
- Prepping vocal takes
- Drum mixing
- Gating audio for noise elimination or for creative purposes
- Creating and using backwards reverb in a DAW
- Re-amping guitars, bass, vocals, and more