At 5/26/12 11:35 PM, SenatorJohnDean wrote:
I've been told, compress on the individual track, group the drums, compress them again on an efx, chain, then a third time in the final mix.
A great way of getting a nicer punch is to sidechain the kick drum and the bass.
You could also layer multiple different kick drums, and EQ them. So, if you like the 'snap' of a TR909 and the boom of a TR808, you could boost around 150hz (I think that's about right) and add a shelf cut below 70hz on the TR909, and then boost the low end and slightly cut the volume of mid and upper-range frequencies on the 808. Obviously, I've just guessed at these numbers - you'll be able to get much better results through experimentation and layering more than just two kicks.
(In "Professor Swag," for example, I have two different kicks, three snares [two, technically, but the 808 is double-tracked and panned hard left and right], and claps.)
Another thing if you want some huge, sexy drums is to do some gating. (This was very popular in 80's metal lol.)