Breakdown of the mix of Ben Smith’s drums

The drummer for Heart, Ben Smith, helped me out with some drum tracks for one of the songs I co-wrote with Coreena, “If You Wanna”.  We tracked the drums at the famous London Bridge Studio, which has a HUGE room, and then I mixed them in my own studio, DBAR Productions.  Getting a good sound was easy since we had a killer drummer, with a great sounding drum kit, in a really great studio, going through an incredible Neve console!  The challenge was to tighten up the drum sound as much as possible since there is a LOT of room sound that gets into all the microphones due to the huge room we recorded in.  This song called for a really tight and punchy drum sound.  I wanted to keep the natural sound of Ben’s drums, so I didn’t want to trigger any samples for this.  This video shows a track by track breakdown of the drums for the mix of the song.

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