In the midst of recording a whole record it’s always a good idea to take some samples of the drum set so that you can replace and reinforce the drums later on in mixing. Here is an 11-part video series that shows you how to apply some basic EQ, Compression, and Editing techniques to get your drum samples to sound pro within SONAR X3.
Compression can be used in many different formats but one of the most useful methods is for adding an aggressive sound to your Kick and Snare. A typical compressor’s settings involve Threshold, Attack, Ratio, and Release.
Threshold is a setting in decibels. Once it senses that audio surpasses the set decibel level it activates the compressor.
Attack is a measurement in milliseconds for how fast the compressor should begin compressing audio that exceeds the set threshold.
Ratio is the amount of gain reduction applied to the compressed signal.
Release tells the compressor how fast to stop compressing the signal once the threshold is no longer exceeded.
By setting the Attack and Release times relatively fast it allows for each drum’s initial hit to sound and then afterwards reduce the audio transient in gain. From our ears’ perspective, each hit sounds more aggressive.
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