Logic Pro X is a powerful tool for mixing. In this tutorial video series, Eli Krantzberg demonstrates how to use Logic Pro X to mix drum tracks and get a polished professional sound. After a short video describing the series, Eli demonstrates how to time align an exterior room mic with the rest of your drum kit. Then he uses Logic Pro X’s Channel EQ plug-in on each overhead track to blend all the elements of the drum kit together. Then he compresses the overheads using the classic VCA compressor model in Logic Pro X’s Compressor plug-in.
With the overheads taken care of, Eli moves on to the kick drum. He demonstrates how to EQ and compress the kick track, and shows you his trick to fake a second kick drum mic positioned closer to the batter head. Then he teaches you how to generate a sub-kick sound using the Test Oscillator and Noise Gate plug-ins.
Next up, he explains how to process the snare. Eli blends over-the-top gating, transient shaping, distortion, and compression with the original track to add a sharp, saturated attack to the snare. He also demonstrates using the Enveloper plug-in and adding FET-style compression.
Then Eli focuses on the hi-hats and toms. He uses some filtering and EQ to bring out the hi-hat’s upper mids as well as various methods to deal with leakage and unwanted ringing in the toms. He also explores how you can use a distant room mic to enhance and manipulate the ambiance of your drum kit.
Eli closes out the series with videos describing some “secret sauce” style tips and techniques, such as using a hi-hat in the sidechain when compressing the tambourine, a kick drum in the sidechain when compressing the bass, parallel compression and mid/side EQing, creating ambiance with Space Designer, and using Logic Pro X’s Folder and Summing Stacks when mixing drums.
Whether you’ve mixed drums before using Logic Pro X and want some extra tips, or you need to learn from scratch, “Mixing Drums in Logic Pro X” will get you where you need to be!