Mixing in Your DAW


Digital Drums with EZDrummer


Lesson Info

Mixing in Your DAW

Mixing in your dog okay, so basically this topic right here is a can of worms in a way that it's super complicated there's absolutely no way that I can show you guys how to do this in on our and fifteen minutes or even in a week. This is something that people spend their entire careers getting good at, so you're not going to learn how tio e q a drum set to perfection in this so please don't be expecting that what you will get is what to do if the easy mix mixer is just not enough for you and you want to expand your tonal options with easy drummer because that's what I do and that's what a lot of other people do who use it to a professional capacity so that said, getting pro tools going I've got a song thing that we kind of looked at earlier and ah, I am going to get rid of everything that has anything to do with the mix on it so see you later you guys see you later been really alright everything worked according to plan we should have easy drummer just coming down to track stereo like ...

from the womb this's how to track oh easy drummer originally was in we'll play in your dog when you loaded it so you can hear it's all coming down a stereo channel just one that's all there is that and ah, you could get away with putting something like easy, mixed to drum bus on that channel and it has some pretty cool but that's not what we're going to get into. We're gonna get into how to take this further. But one thing that I should note is this already sounds pretty good. This is just the rock exclamation point sample pack. And this is with nothing on it. This is raw. Sounds pretty good. The one thing like I said earlier about easy mix. I mean, easy drummer that's cool is that the samples are already acute and compressed, so you don't really need to spend a lot of time mixing. You can if you want, but there's not very far to go as opposed to superior drummer, where things are raw and you have complete control over everything. As you can hear, this is just good out the gate that said, you still might want to take it that last fifteen percent. Or you just wanna have individual control over the elements this top it also is where the expansion packs come in. So, for instance, right now we are in this rock easy acts, but what we want to use metal doesn't necessarily sound bad or wrong, it's a matter of taste, but the first step to getting a good mix is selecting the right drum set and this is the same as when we record real drums. I mean, we spend forever picking the drums before we record a single beat we spend for ever frankenstein ing our kids it's not just set up and go and ah, so this process right here where you can pick which drums on which kit this is very much like what? What happens in real life all these different symbols you can change out and so we do it the studio with really drums this no different and we spent a long time on that. So to really get the drum set to where you want, you might need to spend a long time on this now granted easy drummer already has its samples acute and compressed and awesome ized, so you're not going to need to spend a crazy amount of time on it. But this election process is not always that quick. So say you have your song like we do right here. I already decided what kid I like, but the process of getting their entails something like this you hit play and then you scroll through the kids once you scroll through the kids and you find something you kind of like, then you scroll through individual drums and boom, you're there so honestly I kind of like that, but I don't think it's perfect for it it's a metal kit geared towards faster music so the sounds are in his bigas would want for something rock so definitely would be picking one of the raw rockets and just so you can hear I'll play the classic, which is actually meant for more like indie music or classic rock or stuff like that letting it load but just tio I'm gonna let you hear what it sounds like with a completely different kit this is step one I mean, obviously I'm not going to use that is totally inappropriate for for this piece of music so I mean, it would be great if I was doing something else but just not for this um something go back to rock now within this once you pick your kit, then you have tio well, once you pick your samples said then you get to pick individual elements and it makes a difference believe me, I was just a different kick and now there's so much more thought one thing I should note is I was doing this without the music on for the benefit of you guys out there in internet land, but in general you kind of want to do this with the music playing because you're not going to know what's what without the context of the music this is all about context you are doing drums in a vacuum don't be surprised if you get some music on them and they don't sound right so I mean if you're looking teo I heard of him coming from over there if you need to fix a problem oh well I I uh anyways if you need to fix a problem like uh kiki was snare that's ringing really weird yes, by all means solo it and when you're doing certain things soloing is great it's got its place otherwise there would be a solo button but the most important thing about a mixes that everything works well together and there's no way to make everything work well together without listening everything together so those of you that spend nine hours on a solo doubt snare drum you're wasting your time and burning your ears out so now I selected that kick the one that I liked when it was sold out it does actually seem to work well with the music so that's kind of cool and ah so I'm going to go with that punches well has got a nice thud and ah we'll see what's up with the snare already like what's on hearing this you have a better option just for the sake of one thing I did one thing I didn't say is make a loop so to be perfectly honest I'm torn between that one and the one I originally had but this ring the scenario kind of punches through a little more so I was going to go with that first I'm gonna check that it works and the other sections two and that's something you guys should check especially those of you in metal land who have tons of blast beats and then break down on blast beat and then a breakdown you to make sure that your snares work fast and slow and they work when there's eighteen hundred snare heads next together and then also when there's not very many snare hits next together so you had toe look again at context the entire song as a whole just because something sounds good on a blast beat doesn't mean that's going to sound good on a breakdown so you find something that works for everything and that's why this election process could take a little longer than you might think now that I've heard it, I've heard it like every riff I'm going back to my original snare I think it works better as he'll be more mexico, which is a word what I was just doing but I was just checking was that the snare made sense and all the parts and it wasn't just awkward like when the tom park came in seems to work so I think the kids cooled good to go so let's talk about busing now you can use the easy drummer mixer I want to ask the question. Sure, what's up. Ivan wanted to know if you ever use different snare samples for different song sections, like one snare for blast beats in a different one for breakdowns. Uh, we will have humans in like on real albums. Yeah, but not like the drums will completely change from one section to the next, like it's. Completely different trumps is not like that it's, just like you bring in more samples to achieve a certain tone. But there's always the ah, the underlying basic snare sound that stays the same. Just you know, you might want it a little fatter on a breakdown, so you bring in some fatter snares and lay them underneath or whatever. In my one more ring on the blast pieces, sounds were just to clarify. Very a home that's ah, that's, pretty advanced stuff that I think you'll be covering in your upcoming advanced from absolutely. But, yes, the answer is yes.

Class Description

Whether you use EZDrummer as a writing tool for demos or as a replacement for a human drummer, Toontrack’s plug in is your ticket to self-sufficiency. In his CreativeLive workshop, Eyal Levi of Audiohammer Studios will show you how to get the most out of the industry-leading digital solution for creating real-sounding drums.

Eyal, a seasoned producer, engineer, and musician, will teach you everything you need to know to get the most out of EZDrummer. From writing and arranging realistic drum parts to how to mix the output in your DAW, Eyal will show you how to be the sole arbiter of your sound — no drummer required.

This workshop is taught with ProTools — but includes a QuickStart guide so Logic, Cubase, and Ableton users can follow along.