Compression on Drums, Good? Bad? Ugly?

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Member Since: Sep 04, 2005

I have been considering getting a compressor, But i am not sure I need it, I want it to even out the sound of the drums, and hopefully make the bass drum sound a little more menacing.

Unfortunately I would be compressing pretty much the whole kit at once.

is a compressor a good Idea? What else can be done with it?

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jimmie neutron
Since: Feb 14, 2005

Sep 13, 2005 05:08 pm

Compressing drums can "even" them out, and improve the overall listenability... But, how are you recording them now? How many mics, what are they, and what's your recording interface/medium (and software, if that applies)? If you're using a computer, how "strong" is it? That will all have a bearing on what and how you do it...

Since: Sep 04, 2005

Sep 14, 2005 12:53 am

Well I use 5 mics, Two on the snare (over and Under) which are both Sennheiser E835's, I use Two Oktava Condensor Mics for overheads, and a SHURE Beta 52a for the kick, it goes into a Behringer Mixer (UB1204 Pro) and then That has a Compressor (alesis 3630 attached to it. Then the Mixer goes into an MBOX, which i use with PRO-TOOLS LE.

My computer. Its a 2.8 ghz P4, It has HT but i disabled it, it has 1.25 gb of ram.

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