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Old 29th January 2006
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Drum Bus Compression Techniques

Hey guys. I've been trying to aquire more advanced mixing techniques for my 'hiphop' tracks.

Now based on some things that I've been reading, I've discovered that many hiphop engineers will bus several drum elements together and compress them. What is the reasoning behind this? Can you tell me about some experiences you may have had by using this technique?

Usually, I'll have some sort of break or loop beneath individual kicks, snares, or claps. Would I send the break and all the individual hits to a bus and compress them as a whole?