Logic Pro Tutorial

Mixing Drums in Logic Pro X

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    Introduction

    A short description about what this series is about.

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    Timing & Phase

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

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    Overheads EQ

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

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    Overheads Compression

    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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    Kick Drum Mics

    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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    Creating a Sub Kick

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

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    Snare Drum

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

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    Snare Parallel Processing

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

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    Hi Hat

    Apply filtering and EQ to bring out the hi hat’s upper mids.

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    Small Tom

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

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    Floor Tom

    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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    Outer Room Mic

    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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    Hi Hat & Tambourine Sidechaining

    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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    Creating a Drum Room Ambiance

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

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    Drum Reverb

    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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    Secret Sauce

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

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    Kik Drum & Bass Sidechain Compression

    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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    Folder Stacks & VCA Groups

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

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    Drum Mix Summing Stack

    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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    Bonus Tip & Playback

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

Product Overview


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 X’s 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 X’s 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-hat’s 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 X’s Folder and Summing Stacks when mixing drums.

Whether you’ve 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!


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Mixing Drums in Logic Pro X is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 18 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great for Beginners Easy step by step guide some great tips !!
Date published: 2021-03-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent place to start I knew nothing about mixing drums in Logic before this course, and after just 1.5 hour of classes, I was able to improve my mixing dramatically. I still go back and reference the things Eli teaches in here. Thank you!
Date published: 2021-01-19
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from It was very informative It was good and has a lot of concepts you can burrow and adopt and apply to mixing
Date published: 2020-11-03
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Snappy: great pleasure I am not totally new to recording and mixing but I was suprised how our beloved host and got this together from the recording of a quiet boxy set of drums. Its a sympathetic track with a nice vivid arrangement, we know that counts too. The mix sounds easy, biting elegantly and reminds me of british Ska-Pop- Sounds from the likes of Langer and Winstanley. So. Thanks a lot. Tobias
Date published: 2020-10-19
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very helpful Some useful tips for keeping drum mix organized and clean.
Date published: 2020-08-10
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Amazing I am blown away by the skills of Eli, this is an amazing tutorial for anyone aspiring to be an engineer.
Date published: 2020-04-29
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Just what i needed. Thanks, I can see a clearer picture of mixing drums for my projects.
Date published: 2019-09-14
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Straight and to the point with enough details to get going! This was a great tutorial on how to get a more modern drum sound from start to finish. I don't even use Logic, but this was still the best drum mixing tutorial I've come across. It was straight and to the point with enough details to get started and work out how you want to mix drums to your taste.
Date published: 2019-07-03
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from A Godsend! I have had the good fortunate of working with Eli K. many years ago on a live jazz trio video/audio mix. That's why I had no hesitation on purchasing "Mixing Drums in Logic Pro X when I needed to mix a new live concert performance and was looking for insight into "Mixing Live Drums in Logic Pro X. Eli is a very articulate and concise educator and my understanding and self-confidence on how to "Mix Drums In Logic Pro X" has grown 100 fold since purchasing this course. I have now mixed one tune out of three hours of live video/audio. I can't wait to get to the next one armed with the knowledge I learned from this tutorial! Since I now own this course I can come back to it to search for clues on solving the audio puzzle as many times as I need to. I always discover a new gem that I missed previously. Sure is fun and inspirational! He and Groove 3 even include a download of his Logic project that he used for this lesson for you to "get your hands dirty" while dissecting and apply solutions for your project that work right away. I can unequivocally say "Buy This Course Now!" and watch your production and mixing skills grow very rapidly. I can't wait to check out some of his others courses!
Date published: 2018-11-18
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Very good Its a good introduction to logic
Date published: 2018-06-07
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Fantastic Mix Guide No where else has answered so many questions about how to approach a drum mix like this in Logic X. Specifically for me I had no idea you could contain Mix Bus's within summing stacks. This has been a great help for the larger projects. Thank you
Date published: 2018-05-15
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from very useful and informative A very useful and informative set of lessons
Date published: 2017-05-26
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
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