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Have you ever sat there in front of a project and not known how to go about mixing the drums?

Well I have been there myself, in my early days of mixing!

Today I want to share with you just a few of the techniques that I use when working on drums. I wish someone had shown me this when I was starting out.


Drums in a Vacuum

Of course we cannot really mix drums on their own as they need to be an integral part of the whole track, but for the sake of today’s video I have stripped out the rest of the music from a multi-track recording (even the room mics) just so we can focus on the issues at hand.


Harrison Plugins

You may know already that I do a lot of mixing in Harrison Mixbus. The DAW from Harrison Consoles. So I’m going to demonstrate a brief glimpse into my workflow with this DAW. Unlike other DAWs it has most of the controls visible on-screen in the Mixer window at any one moment, so whether you are a Mixbus user or not you should see what I'm working on.


I’ve had the Harrison plugins for a few months now and I’ve really fallen in love with the Drum Character and Tom Gate plugins. So in lieu of that I’m going to show you how I use them to really bring my drum sounds to where I want them to be. Don't worry though if you aren't a Harrison Mixbus user, there is plenty in here for you too.



Since this is just a quick video this week I’m just covering the basics very briefly that is PHASE, sounds for the KICK, the SNARE and the TOMS. I also give you some tips on ROUTING and OVERHEAD treatment. Talking about drum mixing all in one go would be far too much to absorb in one sitting.


Want More?

If you enjoy this video stay tuned for more exciting news later this week. So go click the video and see how I start my drum mixing workflow….go on do it now….oh and don’t forget to click the thumb icons to tell me how you liked the video and please do subscribe to my Youtube channel and blog to be amongst the first to see new posts. Go on click here now to subscribe to the blog.


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