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How to Enhance Drums with Parallel Distortion

Matthew Weiss recently wrote an article called 7 Advanced Mixing Techniques That Can Get You in Trouble.

There was some confusion over the first tip about using multiple outputs for group sends so we made a video to break it down.

The idea is that by using multiple outputs for each element of a drum kit, you can control a separate drum balance exclusively feeding your processed track without affecting the balance of your main drum group. So if you want a ton of kick drum feeding just the distortion plug-in on a parallel track while keeping the original drum kit balance going to your main drum group, this routing allows for that.

Check out the breakdown below to see how you can beef up thin sounding drums using parallel distortion.

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Dan Comerchero

Dan Comerchero

I'm Dan, Founder of The Pro Audio Files and Quiztones ear training apps. I'm probably checking Instagram if you want to say hi.

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