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Knock out drums?

Feb 2, 2014 3:39 PM

How do I suppress loud drums?

 
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    Feb 2, 2014 11:33 PM   in reply to Steve Zeeeee

    More details please.  Are you in mutitrack with the drum kit existing as a bunch of separate tracks or are you working with something already mixed?

     

    If it's a mix, I don't fancy your chances.  A drum kit covers an extremely wide range of frequencies, from very deep bass up to the "tzzzing" of the cymbals.

     

    You might be able to laboriously go to the spectral display and draw around the frequencies you don't want--or maybe if it's just the bass drum some EQ might help--but if it's the whole kit in a mix, there's not a lot you can do.

     
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    Feb 3, 2014 1:03 AM   in reply to Bob Howes

    Tie the drummer's hands behind his back...

     
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    Feb 8, 2014 2:19 PM   in reply to Steve Zeeeee

    Once again Try the Multi Band Compresor. You can solo or bypass the bands to select certain frequency areas and adjust the compression. This should pull down some of your loudness on the drums.

     
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    Feb 8, 2014 4:04 PM   in reply to Troy Gooch

    Troy Gooch wrote:

     

    Once again Try the Multi Band Compresor. You can solo or bypass the bands to select certain frequency areas and adjust the compression. This should pull down some of your loudness on the drums.

    That would actually work less well than just trying to EQ out the frequencies that are loudest. This is because you'd only be compressing the peaks and leaving the lower parts of the signal alone. So when you adjusted the track volume back up to get the overall sound back up nearer 0dB, the rest of the drum sound would actually be louder!

     

    Basically, Bob's right about this - there isn't a lot you can do if you've only got a badly mixed-down track.

     
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