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Into The Lair - Dave On Drums

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27 Videos | Length: 3hr 6min 32sec
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  • Mixing Kick Drums 7:09

    Mixing Kick Drums

    Mixing engineer Dave Pensado shows an interesting and new approach to everyone's favorite—mixing kick drums—in the 88th episode of Into The Lair from Pensado’s Place.

  • How To Mix Fat Kick Drums 8:21

    How To Mix Fat Kick Drums

    Dave shows you some techniques to make your kicks FAT while still fitting perfectly in the mix in the 116th episode of Into The Lair from Pensado’s Place.

  • Mixing Live Drums 8:16

    Mixing Live Drums

    In this video, Dave shows you a quick overview on how to mix live drums in the 85th episode of Into The Lair from Pensado’s Place

  • Add Punch to Kick Drums 3:12

    Add Punch to Kick Drums

    Dave reveals a simple technique for getting punchy kick drums using a basic gate and EQ in the 129th episode of Into The Lair from Pensado’s Place

  • Mixing Drum Room Tracks 4:46

    Mixing Drum Room Tracks

    In this video, Dave shows you his method to getting some great sounding drum room tracks using a little EQ, transient shaper, and compression in the 122nd episode of Into The Lair from Pensado’s Place.

  • Mixing Hi-Hats 4:21

    Mixing Hi-Hats

    Dave shows you how he got a problematic hi-hat track to sit perfectly in his mix in the 123rd episode of Into The Lair from Pensado’s Place.

  • Working with Bass and Kick Drums 10:53

    Working with Bass and Kick Drums

    In this video, Dave shows you how to make sure your kick drum and bass are working well together in a mix in the 39th episode of Into The Lair from Pensado's Place.

  • Creating Depth with Transients 4:12

    Creating Depth with Transients

    Dave shows you how you can move elements in your mix forward or backward by manipulating its transients using a variety of transient-shaping plug-ins in the 130th episode of Into The Lair from Pensado’s Place.

  • How to Mix Cymbals 6:46

    How to Mix Cymbals

    Dave Pensado and his assistant engineer, Cole Nystrom, show you a great technique for mixing cymbals in your tracks in the 84th episode of Into The Lair from Pensado's Place.

  • Humanizing Digital Tracks 7:57

    Humanizing Digital Tracks

    In this video, Dave shows ways to humanize digital performances using a hi-hat as an example in the 72nd episode of Into The Lair from Pensado’s Place.

  • Advanced Parallel Compression Techniques 7:11

    Advanced Parallel Compression Techniques

    Dave goes over some Advanced Parallel Compression Techniques using Bass and Vocals as an example in the 53rd episode of Into The Lair from Pensado’s Place.

  • Tracking Drums with Greg Wells and Ian MacGregor 16:53

    Tracking Drums with Greg Wells and Ian MacGregor

    Greg Wells and Ian MacGregor share their drum tracking process in the 56th episode of Into The Lair from Pensado’s Place.

  • DBX 160 + Pultec Kick and Snare Parallel Compression Trick 7:39

    DBX 160 + Pultec Kick and Snare Parallel Compression Trick

    In this video, Dave discusses his parallel compression method for kicks and snares using the DBX 160 and Pultec EQ in the 52nd episode of Into The Lair from Pensado's Place.

  • Retaining Transients When Using Limiters 8:52

    Retaining Transients When Using Limiters

    Dave shows you how to retain those important transients when using limiters while mixing in the 62nd episode of Into The Lair from Pensado’s Place.

  • Mixing Big Drums 7:28

    Mixing Big Drums

    In this video, Dave shows a unique method to make your existing drum tracks sound huge in the mix in the 119th episode of Into The Lair from Pensado’s Place.

  • New Side Chain Compression Techniques 8:49

    New Side Chain Compression Techniques

    Mixing engineer Dave Pensado shows examples of using the side chain on a compressor in new and different ways in the 66th episode of Into The Lair from Pensado’s Place.

  • EQ Tricks for Bass and Kicks 4:13

    EQ Tricks for Bass and Kicks

    In this video, Dave shows you a trick that he developed with mix engineer Jaycen Joshua to improve the low end in both the bass and kick elements in your mix in the 97th episode of Into The Lair from Pensado’s Place.

  • How To Create Drum Samples Pt. 1 9:11

    How To Create Drum Samples Pt. 1

    Erik Reichers of Echo Bar Recording Studio and Cole Nystrom show you how to create some great drum samples in the 126th episode of Into The Lair from Pensado’s Place.

  • How To Create Drum Samples Pt. 2 6:24

    How To Create Drum Samples Pt. 2

    Part 2! Erik Reichers of Echo Bar Recording Studio and Cole Nystrom show you how to create some great drum samples in the 126th episode of Into The Lair from Pensado’s Place.

  • 80s Snare Drum Trick 4:11

    80s Snare Drum Trick

    Dave shows you a common recording studio trick of gating white noise on a snare drum to enhance and/or change its character and give it that 80s vibe in the 55th episode of Into The Lair from Pensado’s Place.

  • Creating Drum Loops 5:57

    Creating Drum Loops

    Erik Reichers of Echo Bar Recording Studio discusses creating theme-specific drum loops in the 120th episode of Into The Lair from Pensado's Place.

  • How to Mix 808s 5:26

    How to Mix 808s

    Dave Pensado’s assistant engineer Cole Nystrom shows his method for mixing 808 drums inside of a track in the 94th episode of Into The Lair from Pensado’s Place.

  • Triggering Drum Effects Using Samples 9:14

    Triggering Drum Effects Using Samples

    In this video, Dave shows creative ways of triggering effects using various drum samples in the 39th episode of Into The Lair from Pensado's Place.

  • How To Mix Massive Kick Drums 7:10

    How To Mix Massive Kick Drums

    Mixing engineer Dave Pensado shows you how to mix massive kick drums in the 127th episode of Into The Lair from Pensado’s Place.

  • Mixing Big FAT Snares 4:28

    Mixing Big FAT Snares

    Dave provides some simple tricks to help your snare drums have more fatness and low end within the mix in the 115th episode of Into The Lair from Pensado’s Place.

  • How To Create Reverse Snare Drums 3:13

    How To Create Reverse Snare Drums

    Dave shows you how to quickly create some great reverse snare sounds (or any instrument) in the 125th episode of Into The Lair from Pensado’s Place.

  • Fix the Transients in Your Mix 4:20

    Fix the Transients in Your Mix

    In this video, Dave demonstrates how to fix tracks with unwanted transients in the 111th episode of Into The Lair from Pensado's Place.

Product Overview


Curated from the free Into The Lair (ITL) video tutorial series, Grammy Award–winning mix engineer Dave Pensado drills down on teaching you how to get your drums sounding just right!

Without a strong drum sound, it’s harder to achieve a strong rhythm and groove within a mix. Topics covered include adding punch to your kick, snares, and toms, shaping transients to give your drums depth and life, getting your 808s to hit right and achieving perfect balance between live and programmed drums.

Dave also goes over mixing various types of kick drums, bringing your live recordings to life, mixing drum room tracks to make them sit better with the kit, mixing hi-hat tracks and the secret to getting your kick and bass to fit in the same frequency range.

Dave then covers making cymbals fit perfectly in the mix, humanizing digital tracks for feel and groove, parallel compression techniques to bring elements to life, and retaining transients when using limiters.

Dave digs in deeper and goes over mixing big drums for maximum impact, new approaches to using sidechain compression techniques, balancing bass and kicks with EQ tricks, creating samples from your drum recording sessions, achieving the ’80s snare drum sound and creating drum loops for your productions.

Wrapping it all up Dave demonstrates mixing 808 kick drums to fit in your mix better, triggering effects on your drum tracks using samples, mixing massive kick drums, mixing big, fat snares to glue into your mix perfectly, creating and using reverse snare drums in your mix and fixing your drum transients.

As a bonus, this series also includes an episode in which Greg Wells and Ian MacGregor share their drum tracking process… Prepare to take your drum mixes to the next level!


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