Mixing Percussion Instruments

The Music Telegraph | Text 2020/04/22 [11:50]

Mixing Percussion Instruments

The Music Telegraph| 입력 : 2020/04/22 [11:50]

 

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Mixing Percussion Instruments

 

In general, percussion instruments are recorded on three different tracks. A stereo pair is used to record the shaker, the triangle and the cymbal, and a third track is used to record a low pitched drum (an instrument called a 'Djembe', pronounced "jem-bay"). In order to get the most out of these 3 tracks, EQ is going to play a very important role.

 

 

 

*Mix Note: The Djembe stays in the Middle

In this particular piece, this instrument has the same function that a bass drum would have in a more conventional drum kit. So you will locate it in the middle of the stereo image.

 

 

 

Figure 1: Setting up the Djembe drum track EQ

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1) Insert a 1-Band EQ on the low drum track with the settings shown in Figure 1.

(In this article, I am dealing with 'EQ3' in Pro Tools. See the Figure 1 above.)

These settings help to bring out the low frequencies that are characteristic of this drum.

 

2) Solo the Djembe and compare the track with and without EQ using the Bypass button.

Feel free to change the suggested settings for the EQ in order to satisfy your personal taste. When ready, move on to the stereo percussion track.

 

 

 

The Stereo Percussion Track

 

3) Insert a 7-Band EQ on the Percussion Left track with the settings shown in Figure 2.

 

Figure 2: Setting up the EQ on Percussion Left and Right

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4) Copy and Paste these settings to the Percussion Right track.

 

5) Solo the Percussion L and R together and listen to the effect.

Make sure that the 2 channels don't clip (red light next to the fader). If they do, lower the volume until no clipping is shown. Since these percussion tracks are instruments that cover mainly the high frequencies, the low-end attenuation helps to reduce the leakage from from the Djembe, while the boosting of the high frequencies (+2 [email protected] kHz) gives a little bit more clarity to the triangle and shaker.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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