Hi Ott, You drums always sound so great and tight. what's your secret and fx chains like. Do you process Kick and snare separately than the rest of the kit? or do you get all your kit going through something like a dbx 160 at the end? As much info as you can fit here would be massively appreciated. Thanks for all you do!
I process everything separately and gradually combine the elements into stereo audio mix downs. So, by the end of a mix, from maybe 30 individual sounds the elements will be grouped and bounced down into tracks like 'hats' and 'snares' and kicks' ][always more than one of each] etc. I'll usually end up with 6 stereo tracks of drums.
It helps to program and play musically-interesting drum parts and it's important to make sure they're all in complimentary tunings [unless you purposely want them to jar against each other]. Once you've got that all in order it's all about your transients and your compression. Bit of EQ helps too.
It's a huge subject and one I can't even start to cover in 1000 characters, but experimentation is key. It really helps to be able to think like a drummer so watch as many drumming videos as you can on YouTube. Pay particular attention to people like Clyde Stubblefield and Bernard Purdie.
The only dream I have is to analyze every bit of the elements in your remix of Shpongle's "Around the World in a Tea Daze" I know it's against the rules in every book, but mine is just a wish requesting that you share the project file. Any chance? :) I want to learn so much stuff about this track! Hear me out! :)Ott responded on 07/15/2019 Next question
Which sennheiser headphones are you using? I thought it was the hd600 but I found out that there are also two more similar models in the market, the hd650 and hd660. I am looking for headphones to check the low end in my mixes and I would like to know how satisfied you are with what you are using.
Also, have you by any chance happened to hear the Kali Audio monitors (former JBL engineers). There is a lot of hype in forums and reviews but your opinion is much more appreciated!
Thanks in advance!