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Crunch your drums

by Kim Lajoie on January 25, 2012

Just a quick tip:

If your drums are feeling a little weak, sometimes more compression/EQ/saturation/magicfix isn’t going to work – especially when your drums are already heavily processed.

Instead, try creating a parallel bus and sending your drums to that. On the parallel bus, use an amp simulator. Set it up for a crunch sound – it’ll give you a beefy and unique flavour to blend back in to your original drum sound.


8 thoughts on “Crunch your drums

  1. pablo/beaner says:

    i totally do this, but with a fuzz vst and a bit of compression. kind of like a fake amp simulation. good suggestion, i should look for some amp simulations since i dont have any!

  2. Kim Lajoie says:

    Another fun thing to do is send it out to some hardware – doesn’t matter what – and overdrive it in the analogue domain. Try devices that aren’t really designed for distortion, you might find some interesting sounds!


  3. Dirk Richter says:

    Don’t you run into phase problems when doing this? I tried it with a few amp
    simulators and for the most part it did sound a bit phasey.
    Maybe my old cubase 4 isn’t handling the latency compensation too well.

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  5. Kim Lajoie says:

    It might sound a bit phasey – but that’s not necessarily a problem. You’re using the Amp sim to blend in some extra colour. You can treat any phase cancellation as part of the colour. Don’t try to avoid it, but control it and manipulate it to get a pleasing (or interesting) colour.


  6. sylvio says:

    Hi Kim, Wow thats new to me! I know of parallel compression yes..or NY compression which is similar in set up so in case of amp simulator is it ok to use the [waves] GTR3?

  7. Kim Lajoie says:

    Hi Siylvio,

    Any amp simulator is worth trying!


  8. sylvio says:

    Worked well …

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