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Soft Knee Compression on Drum Samples [1-Minute Mix Tip]

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Soft Knee Compression on Drum Samples [1-Minute Mix Tip]
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Weiss here with one minute mix tip, and that is going to be experiment with soft knee compression on your drums. Conventional wisdom says hard knee is for drums, soft knee is for vocals, but let’s check this out.

Alright, I’ve got a sample here of a snare.


Sounds pretty good, but let’s say that I want to make it a little bit softer and a little bit fatter. I’m going to set this with a soft knee, a very light ratio, I’ve got 1.6 to 1 here. Super fast attack, very fast release, and a very low threshold.

Now I’m going to take it out of bypass.


[snare with compression]

Cool. One time, before and after.

[snare, before and after compression]

That can be exactly what you’re looking for when you’re designing your drum sounds for say, an EDM production or a Hip Hop production. If you want to check out some more stuff, learn a few more things, go over to

Alright guys, until next time.


Matthew Weiss

Matthew Weiss

Matthew Weiss is the recordist and mixer for multi-platinum artist Akon, and boasts a Grammy nomination for Jazz & Spellemann Award for Best Rock album. Matthew has mixed for a host of star musicians including Akon, SisQo, Ozuna, Sonny Digital, Uri Caine, Dizzee Rascal, Arrested Development and 9th Wonder. Get in touch:

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