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Old 10th August 2011
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Use of artifical reverb on drums

Over the past year or so, I have been reading a lot of your posts on the approaches you take to micing drums and your compression techniques. It's been really helpful and has helped me to begin to create my own system when recording drums.

One shift that I've noticed is that I've been moving away from using any sort of effects or reverb when I mix drums and that I've started to do more heavy/parallel compression on room mics, or sometimes even on a whole drum bus. When added to the mix, I like the effect and space that heavy compression can add to a mix, a lot of timea it's almost like adding a bit or reverb to the set.

I've been listening to the new TBS album in the car for a few weeks now and have noticed that there is a good combination of both over compression in some songs that gives the drums a sense of space, and some artificial reverb. When adding in reverb to drum tracks, do you tend to play things by ear and just add it when necessary, or is there a somewhat more structured approach that you take and find yourself trying when you go about adding reverb to your drums? Do you favor adding it to the set as a whole or only individual pieces of the kit?

I guess what I'm getting at is, I've always liked how upfront and dry your drum recordings sound at time, but when you do add reverb to them it never seems to take away any of that force or upfront power that I've come to enjoy in your drums tracks. If there's any sort of method to your madness I would love to get a taste of it