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Introducing: Mixing Drums with Compression

Hey folks, Matthew Weiss here —,, and I’d like to introduce a new tutorial to you. It’s called Mixing Drums with Compression, which I know, is an oddly specific title, but that is exactly what the tutorial is about.

So the way this tutorial came about was originally, I was going to do this as a workshop, and for those who are not familiar with my workshop series, those are tutorials that are shorter and in very specific topics, but what I found while I was constructing this tutorial was that there’s so many different techniques and approaches and concepts that I use when I’m looking at dynamically shaping drums, that it just had to be a full length.

So it’s a full length! The tutorial is divided into two separate sections, the first focuses on live acoustic drums, the second one is programmed sampled drums. I wanted to make sure that I had both in there, because I approach the two so differently, I felt it would be a really informative contrast to see how I’m — you know, what techniques I’m using for one, versus what techniques I’m using for another.

The other thing that I really think is cool about putting them both in there is that a lot of our modern production does incorporate both sampled drums, as well as live drums. So it’s very comprehensive in that regard. It’s also a very technique heavy course. There’s a lot of my own personal techniques that I showcase in there that are sometimes maybe a little bit on the advanced side, but I think presented in a clear enough way where even if you don’t have a ton of experience, you’ll still be able to figure out what I’m doing.

Anyway, it’s a great tutorial, I’m really proud of it, I think that anybody watching this, whether you’re doing rock music, or you’re doing pop music, or you’re doing Hip Hop, or you’re doing EDM, you’re going to get a lot out of both sides of the tutorial, and yeah, I just can’t say enough good things about it, so I hope you’ll check it out, I hope you enjoy it, I hope you learn a lot, and I’ll catch you next time!

Matthew Weiss

Matthew Weiss

Matthew Weiss is a Grammy nominated and Spellemann Award winning audio engineer from Philadelphia. Matthew has mixed songs for Snoop, Sonny Digital, Gorilla Zoe, Uri Caine, Dizzee Rascal, Arrested Development, 9th Wonder, !llmind & more. Get in touch:

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