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Goofy complex routing technique: moving toms
Old 29th December 2010
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Goofy complex routing technique: moving toms

Alright, I dreamt up this gem a few months ago during a late night mixing session. It's pretty silly.

Okay, so I wanted the Kit image to be pretty tight & natural. I didn't want those ridiculously wide toms banging forward & destroying the sonic picture of a band playing in a room.

BUT, I was really digging some of the bleed from the tom mics. And the bleed sounded best when panned hard. What to do?

So I duped the Tom tracks into two sets, A & B. On set A, I gated the toms pretty hard (-18db or so). I fed the output from set A into the sidechain of set B and hooked up a compressor to duck the poo out of the bleed.

I panned Set A quite narrow & natural, and Set B hard right & left.

I listened to the track.

Turns out that the release times on the Gate of Set A, and the compressor of Set B were nicely matched, but were a bit shorter than the full decay of the toms. So what did I hear? Toms that went Domm----woooohhhh from a narrow to a wide image, each time they were hit.

Kinda cool. I tweaked things until you could hardly hear it happening in the final mix, but I was intrigued by the possibility. And I figured a tiny bit of unrealistic movement like that wouldn't hurt the humanity of the mix
Old 29th December 2010
Gear Nut

Cool idea. Can you post a sound sample of this technique?
Old 29th December 2010
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Yea, I guess I could post something.

I think this could be cooler with other sound sources, as long as the source has enough rhythmic dynamics to trip the gate / comp.
Old 29th December 2010
Lives for gear

i just love the madness of it all
Old 29th December 2010
Lives for gear

Interesting......not done this with drums, but have experimented with similar concepts of inter-channel dynamic panning using parameter modulation in REAPER heh
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