6. Apply multiband compression on overheads
Many drum recordings present a challenge for the mixer. How do you get a nice, even level from the overheads when there are drastic differences in loudness between drums such as kick and snare?
If you’re thinking compression, you’ve nailed half of the equation! With Neutron 2’s Compressor, you can independently compress up to three different frequency zones, which offers more control over the lows for the kick, the mids for the snare, and the highs for the cymbals.
The following image shows the Compressor 1 module with all three bands active and with subjectively configured ratio, attack, release, and threshold per band. The crossover points were set automatically by pressing “Learn,” then playing the track. How cool is that?!
This particular setup helped provide a more balanced drum kit sound, even though the kick and cymbals were quiet in comparison to the snare in the original overheads.