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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.
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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.