BONUS MODULE: Maintaining Drums Punch Under Heavy Compression

In this video, I demonstrate how you can use a ‘bypass buss’ to maintain the punch of your main kick and snare hits even when applying heavy compression-pumping on your main mix buss for stylistic reasons.

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I mention the option of further processing the bypass buss using EQ, but if you decide to do that, then you should be aware that EQ can cause phase-shifts, which could incur some comb-filtering between the main compressed mix and the bypass buss. In practice, I’ve rarely found this to be a serious concern, but it’s as well to be forewarned. With this in mind, you might be tempted to use a linear-phase EQ in this scenario, but I’d not recommend it myself, because the pre-ringing side-effects of linear-phase processing can sometimes sound unnatural on transients, and undermine their sense of punch.



If you’d like to experiment further with the demonstration production I used for this video, you can find its full-length unprocessed multitracks in the ‘Mixing Secrets’ Free Multitrack Download Library here: