Here Brian Malouf talks about how he treats tom toms and the hi-hat as equally important parts of the drum kit and the way they are routed in his mix template. Also discussed are special EQ’ing and placement tips alongside the other components of a live drum set. Plus, learn how to take advantage of the interaction between the different microphones used to record the drums.
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- [Voiceover] The third most important…element of the drum kit is the hi-hat…and along with the cymbals and tom toms,…it comprises what I call the top kit of the drum set.…It has it's own auxiliary, as you'll see here,…cymbals, toms, all of those things…go into a bus called the top kit bus for balancing…and I want to show you a song here,…again by Max Liberty, that has pretty big drum sound.…
I'll first play it for you intact, from the…beginning of the groove of the song.…(upbeat rock music)…One of the things that's interesting about…this drum performance is that…he's playing the hi-hat with his foot,…so he's just stomping on the pedal…and it's a very important part of the groove.…
This is solo.…(drum music)…So, the challenge for me there…is to really make that part speak.…It's a quiet part when you just stomp…on the hi-hat pedal.…It's a fairly quiet part and I really…needed to hear it without bringing in…a ton of other stuff from that microphone,…so, let me see if I can solo it just that microphone.…Well, I don't have to see if I can.…
Brian starts with the basics of creating a mix template and getting a good raw balance of the instruments in the mix. He then dives deep into signal processing techniques on many types of instruments, including drums, bass, guitar, keys, vocals, percussion, strings, and brass. He'll pick out and treat individual tracks with compression and EQ, add space with reverb and echo, and modulate the sound with flangers and phase shifters. Pro Tools is used throughout the course, but the techniques will work equally well with the DAW of your choice.
- Customizing a mix template
- Understanding the interplay of volume, panning, EQ, and dynamics
- Processing drums
- Processing lead and background vocals
- Gain processing
- Treating the bass guitar and synth guitar
- Placing piano in the mix
- Treating strings and brass