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SONAR X3: Producing Drum Samples
By Dan Gonzalez [Cakewalk] and 1 collaborators
In the midst of recording a whole record it's always a good idea to take some samples of the drum set so that you can replace and reinforce the drums later on in mixing. Here is an 11-part video series that shows you how to apply some basic EQ, Compression, and Editing techniques to get your drum samples to sound pro within SONAR X3.
Introduction and EQing Snare Bottom - Producing Drum Samples (1 of 11)
Part 1 of 11 shows you a sample of the 3 different microphone sources that were used during the tracking session for the Snare Drum. Afterwards, this video mainly concentrates on applying EQ to the Snare Bottom Microphone.
How to EQ a Snare Top Sample - Producing Drum Samples (2 of 11)
Part 2 of 11 - This video mainly concentrates on applying EQ to the Snare Top Microphone to thicken and add more punch.
How to EQ a Snare Side Sample - Producing Drum Samples (3 of 11)
Part 3 of 11 - This video mainly concentrates on applying a notching technique to the Snare Bottom Microphone EQ to boost and cut mid-range frequencies.
Mixing Snare Samples - Producing Drum Samples (4 of 12)
Part 4 of 11 shows you how I get some levels for the different snare samples that are used in this video.
How to Time Align Room and Snare Drum Samples - Producing Drum Samples (5 of 11)
Part 5 of 11 shows the Room Microphone source and how I time-align room microphones with the initial hit of the Snare hit.
How to Use Compression on a Room Microphone Sample - Producing Drum Samples (6 of 11)
Part 6 of 11 shows how to apply ProChannel effects to the Room Microphone source and how to add more pop using compression.
How to EQ a Room Microphone Sample - Producing Drum Samples (7 of 11)
Part 7 of 11 shows you how to apply EQ to your Room Microphone so that it does not get in the way of your snare samples.
How to EQ Overhead Microphone Samples - Producing Drum Samples (8 of 11)
Part 8 of 11 - Introducing the Overhead Microphone sources, explaining the panning placement, and how to add some EQ to both microphone sources using the Quick Grouping feature.
EQ Before or After Compression? - Producing Drum Samples (9 of 11)
Part 9 of 11 Applying some initial compression to the overheads and showing the difference between applying EQ before or after Compression
How to use Compression to add Punch - Producing Drum Samples (10 of 11)
Part 10 of 11 - How to use the Cakewalk CA-2A Leveling Amplifier to add more punch to the Overhead Microphone Sources.
How to remove ringing from Overhead Microphones and Final Mix (11 of 11)
Part 11 of 11 - Removing Room Tone from the OH Microphone using the PEQ-322 Parametric EQ as well as a final mix and A B comparisons.