Hiya Ott,

I'm currently mixing an EP for a band who have specified they want the drums "like Led Zepplin".... Any tips?


Ott responded on 02/24/2012

Invent a time machine, go back to 24th September, 1980, and persuade John Bonham to have a mug of hot milk and an early night.

99% of 'drums like Led Zeppelin' is in the playing but if you're fortunate enough to be mixing a band with a drummer that good, and assuming the recording does him justice, try compressing the overheads and any room mics after rolling them off gently [12db/8ve] above about 10khz.

Squash them until they sound like they're trying to get out of a box and then mix that in with the individual dry sounds.

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