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Logic Pro X Tutorial

Mixing Drums in Logic Pro X

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    Tutorial 1

    Introduction

    3:35

    A short description about what this series is about.

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    Tutorial 2

    Timing & Phase

    4:40

    Watch as the exterior room mic track is time aligned with the rest of the drum kit tracks.

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    Tutorial 3

    Overheads EQ

    9:07

    Follow along as I use Logics Channel EQ separately on the left and right overhead tracks.

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    Tutorial 4

    Overheads Compression

    4:50

    Hear how the Classic VCA compression model is used on the bussed overhead tracks to even out the attack and body of the drum kit.

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    Tutorial 5

    Kick Drum Mics

    6:45

    See how to EQ, and compress the kick track, and how to fake a second kick drum mic positioned closer to the batter head.

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    Tutorial 6

    Creating a Sub Kick

    3:19

    Learn how to generate a sub kick sound using the test Oscillator and Noise Gate plug-ins.

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    Tutorial 7

    Snare Drum

    4:00

    Hear how the attack of the snare drum is enhanced with the Enveloper plug-in and some FET style compression.

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    Tutorial 8

    Snare Parallel Processing

    3:04

    Blend over-the-top gating, transient shaping, distortion, and compression with the original snare track.

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    Tutorial 9

    Hi Hat

    3:24

    Apply filtering and EQ to bring out the hi hats upper mids.

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    Tutorial 10

    Small Tom

    5:23

    Explore various ways of dealing with leakage, unwanted resonant ringing, and general sweetening.

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    Tutorial 11

    Floor Tom

    3:41

    Use noise gating to remove leakage; apply EQ to kill the muddy mid frequencies; and create a tom bus with compression on the two toms.

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    Tutorial 12

    Outer Room Mic

    5:02

    Explore ways of manipulating the sound from a mic placed outside the drum room, so that it adds a stereo ambiance to the drum sound.

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    Tutorial 13

    Hi Hat & Tambourine Sidechaining

    2:56

    Hear how the feel of the groove is subtly influenced by using a compressor on the tambourine track triggered by the hi hat.

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    Tutorial 14

    Creating a Drum Room Ambiance

    4:38

    Use Space Designer to create a natural sounding drum room ambiance.

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    Tutorial 15

    Drum Reverb

    2:47

    Set up a reverb specifically for the snare and toms to place them in the mix with more space than the rest of the drum kit.

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    Tutorial 16

    Secret Sauce

    4:57

    See how parallel compression and mid/side EQ can beef up the drum mix.

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    Tutorial 17

    Kik Drum & Bass Sidechain Compression

    4:18

    Subtly duck the level of the bass every time the kik drum is played, using sidechain compression on the bass track.

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    Tutorial 18

    Folder Stacks & VCA Groups

    5:22

    Explore two ways of managing the overall drum mix, via either Folder Stacks or a VCA group.

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    Tutorial 19

    Drum Mix Summing Stack

    5:32

    Learn how to save your drum mix setup as a Summing Stack, and then as a patch that can be easily called up in future projects.

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    Tutorial 20

    Bonus Tip & Playback

    4:55

    Learn how to set up and use the Toggle Hide Group key commands to view different components in isolation in a big mix.

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 Xs 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 Xs 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-hats 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 Xs Folder and Summing Stacks when mixing drums.

Whether youve 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!

Brian
Submitted 2 months ago

Excellent and well presented video on mixing drums

I binge watched these videos going back and forth from videos to mixes I was working on in my studio. Very effective and clearly presented concepts. These cleared up a number of questions that I had been pondering. Presenter is down to earth and logical.

I am a: Musician

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Ninscrapl
Submitted 4 months ago

Excellent content by a great tutor

This series is great for anyone trying to learn how to mix drums. Eli walks you through step-by-step to transform your dull, lifeless drum take into a crisp, punchy one! The best part is he's using logic's native plugins, so if you have Logic Pro X, you can follow right along and apply his principles to your mix.

I am a: Beginner, Musician, Hobbyist

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spw74
Submitted 4 months ago

Great tutorial on mixing drums in Logic Pro X

The video is well laid out and Eli does a great job of getting to the point. No filler or long diatribes. I will definitely be incorporating a good amount of what I learned into my current drum mixing setup. Overall an excellent tutorial.

I am a: Professional, Musician

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guitarwaves
Submitted 9 months ago

Excellent

This tutorial is presented and explained in a full detailed, way teaching you how to mix drums using Logic ProX. It is a master class on how to get that great finish drum sound and give you a trick or two on how compensate for your room deficiencies. Excellent Job!

I am a: Professional, Musician

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MrMeoff
Submitted 9 months ago

Best d

Killer drum mixing vid! I learn a lot from this one. Definitely one of the best drum vids out there.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician

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Edgar
Submitted 9 months ago

Great Course on Mixing Drums

Im starting out on this whole recording and mixing and to date this is the best course I've seen. Very simple to follow, straight to the point, no nonsense and very clear. Excellent course.

I am a: Beginner

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started playing drums in high school at age fourteen. Like most kids my age around then, I was into progressive rock. Genesis, Emerson Lake and Palmer, and Yes. They rocked my world. A few short years later though, my musical life changed. While studying music in college I discovered Charlie Parker, Milt Jackson, Sonny Stitt, and John Coltrane. Milt Jackson spoke to me in such a profound way that it left me no choice but to take up vibraphone.

These great players, along with  drummers like Philly Joe Jones, Max Roach, Art Blakey, and Elvin Jones changed not only the way I thought about drumming, but also music - and by extension, life - as a whole. I realized life was meant to be a creative endeavor. The idea of improvising based on a loose set of guidelines and rules permeated into my psyche even when I wasn't holding a pair of drumsticks or mallets. But if I am going to be perfectly truthful, I have to hold Henry Miller and Woody Allen equally responsible for shaping the way I view and experience the world around me. 

2. What training have you had?

I am currently an Apple certified Logic Pro. Young and cocky, and armed with only a partial University degree, I dropped out of school and  began playing steady commercial hotel engagements and jazz gigs when I could. This went on for many years until I decided it was time to complete my degree - which I ultimately did with a major in Political Science and a minor in music. 

It was at this point that I formed my current band Nightshift. We are going in to our twenty third year now - playing commercial one nighters like weddings, corporate events, etc. Don't turn your nose up at it though - it has allowed me a wonderful quality of life. It gave me the freedom to go back to school and complete a post graduate degree in Communications Studies - all the while supporting myself by playing weddings.

3. When did you get into recording?

It was in this graduate program - in the early nineties - that I found myself drawn to the fledgling emerging universe of hard disc recording and midi sequencing. Based on nothing more than the recommendation of one of my band mates who had an old Atari, I jumped in head first and bought a Mac LC ll, along with a version 1.1 of what was then Notator Logic. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. But, in hindsight, it was a decision of epic importance in my life - shaping my future as much as the music of Milt Jackson and Charlie Parker did fifteen years prior. 

I opened up my own commercial home studio in 1998 and began doing a variety of projects, working on radio jingles, artist CD projects, and whatever came my way. A couple of years later a colleague called me up - desperate. He was working at a post production house and one of the editors had just quit. They were doing audio post for a weekly TV series and needed a Pro Tools editor - and fast! And so, once again, I jumped in head first into what would ultimately open up my world even more - the world of Pro Tools. 

4. People you have worked with/for?

Focusing on Logic, I built up a small but loyal client base and my phone kept ringing for Logic tech support and instruction. Film composers and studio owners all over the city were calling me. Even the music stores were giving out my phone number at this point! This kind of stuff becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. The more of it you do, the more calls you get to keep doing it. At least that's the way it should be!

As my Logic chops kept growing, I was hired by an old buddy of mine, Len Sasso, who was then an associate editor at Electronic Musician magazine, and began writing some columns for them. I had a blast doing them - and really learned to focus and express my thoughts in a concise and clear manner. This lead to a collaboration with LA based composer Terry Michael Huud on the 2006 film called Civic Duty - which was certainly one of the highlights of my professional life as a composer. 

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I wake up every day excited to boot up, and create. Whether it's instructional videos, creating music, working with a studio client, performing with my band, or teaching at the schools - my days are filled with what I love doing. Enriched by the stimulation and creative freedom this modern music making software brings to my life. I bring that excitement and passion to each and every training product I create. My years of experience both using and teaching these programs has taught me the best way to make the user comfortable with these complex programs.

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Mixing Drums in Logic Pro X is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 6.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent and well presented video on mixing drums I binge watched these videos going back and forth from videos to mixes I was working on in my studio. Very effective and clearly presented concepts. These cleared up a number of questions that I had been pondering. Presenter is down to earth and logical.
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent content by a great tutor This series is great for anyone trying to learn how to mix drums. Eli walks you through step-by-step to transform your dull, lifeless drum take into a crisp, punchy one! The best part is he's using logic's native plugins, so if you have Logic Pro X, you can follow right along and apply his principles to your mix.
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great tutorial on mixing drums in Logic Pro X The video is well laid out and Eli does a great job of getting to the point. No filler or long diatribes. I will definitely be incorporating a good amount of what I learned into my current drum mixing setup. Overall an excellent tutorial.
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent This tutorial is presented and explained in a full detailed, way teaching you how to mix drums using Logic ProX. It is a master class on how to get that great finish drum sound and give you a trick or two on how compensate for your room deficiencies. Excellent Job!
Date published: 2016-07-15
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Best d Killer drum mixing vid! I learn a lot from this one. Definitely one of the best drum vids out there.
Date published: 2016-07-02
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Course on Mixing Drums Im starting out on this whole recording and mixing and to date this is the best course I've seen. Very simple to follow, straight to the point, no nonsense and very clear. Excellent course.
Date published: 2016-06-27