how to "smash" drums?

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how to "smash" drums?

Post by gutsofgold » Wed Nov 29, 2006 12:10 pm

I have one mono drum overhead right now and I want to get a odd effect with it. Something along the lines of a really smashed sound. I know what I want my final product to sound like but I am having trouble getting there.

I'd assume I start with a low threshold so everything is compressed and a strong ratio to make sure it's very level. But do I want slower or faster attack and release times?

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Post by drumsound » Wed Nov 29, 2006 12:14 pm

I like fast attack and release for smashing. You might try a parallel compressor, smashed hard and fast.

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Post by LifeGoesOff » Wed Nov 29, 2006 1:47 pm

nothing wrong with a little touch of preamp crunch too for extra crispiness.

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Post by MechaGodzilla » Wed Nov 29, 2006 3:20 pm

Sansamps and distortion pedals can be pretty wild... But if you're just going for a real pumpy compressor thing, I'd go with a fast attack and a med-fast release. Play with the release time, and see if you can get it to pump in time with the song.

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Post by allbaldo » Thu Nov 30, 2006 8:03 am


Sorry, couldn't resist. My drumset could use to be smashed this way.

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