Haha! Yeah buddy, your mix sounds great! I especially like the kick. Care to highlight some of your moves?
I worked on it last night, with the approach of “filling in” after the OHs, but am not ready to post after listening this AM. Especially after hearing yours! Hopefully will get some more time on tonight.
I’ll have to get back to you with some details, as it’s late at night here in Oz, and I have to get up for work tomorrow morning early. Suffice to say that it’s all pretty standard stuff - eq, compression, gating and just a smidgeon of reverb.
Great bit of fun… love doing little bits like this. Tried to keep some of the open vibe of the kit. Full disclosure, I used room samples for the kick, snare and floor tom. I think in the right context this kit would actually have a really cool vibe. Does need room tracks though. Cheers!
Sure… I used all the supplied drum tracks and didn’t add any samples. I gated the kick and snare and by using (TLA inspired) “trigger” tracks in the way I described here:
For ambience I added a “room style” reverb, & a plate reverb for the snare and toms.
Overheads were just: adjust left versus right gain balance (Cakewalk Channel Tools) > reductive eq (ReaEQ) > additive eq (Waves SSL) > approx 3dB GR in compression (Waves SSL). Here’s what that looked like
Snare was: Both top & bottom snare mics bussed to one channel then: Gate > reductive & additive EQ (VMR) > approx 4dB max GR of comp (VMR) > Upward compression from Waves MV2 to bring up level of ghost notes:
Once again Andrew, thanks so much for sharing this stuff! This is even better than your case study because I have the tracks and can try to emulate what you’ve done. I’m up to my eyeballs in home improvements and work right now, but I’ll take some time sooner or later to go back through this. If you weren’t on the other side of the globe I’d take you out for a beer (or your beverage of choice)!
Vaughan @vtr has posted some more drum tracks for practice, so I’ll be tackling those when I have a chance too. Thanks guys!
What is interesting to me and is becoming more evident with this exercise, is that once the engineering skills are there, the “sound” becomes a matter of taste. I like seeing what others are using for plugins too. Very educational!