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Old 07-20-2014, 12:04 PM   #1
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Drum reverb question when mixing

So I've been reading a lot online about mixing drums and heard a lot of people say that you should not put reverb on a kick drum, is this true? Because I usually send all my drums to a bus and then add reverb to them. What techniques do you guys use?
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Old 07-20-2014, 01:27 PM   #2
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Hell yes I put reverb on my kick tracks.

But why does what I do matter?

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Old 07-20-2014, 02:07 PM   #3
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It's because a kick drum has a lot of low, and reverberating low frequencies can get real muddy.

I sometimes split my kick (and/or bass) in a low and high band and send them separately to the verb-bus. With this you can also really focus the punch of the kick in the high band
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Old 07-20-2014, 02:29 PM   #4
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It is a general rule of thumb that kick drums don't get reverb, but there are always exceptions and special circumstances.
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Old 07-20-2014, 03:48 PM   #5
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Depends on the sound you're going for, man. It's good, if you aren't putting any 'verb on the kick or snare/toms, to at least bus them all through a natural, room sound impulse response or something (cymbals too) to give at least some ambience that prevents it sounding too sterile and dead.

Then again, I'm sure a lot of extreme metal folk are very anti-ambience on the whole kit. FWIW, I used a room mic when tracking the last death metal band I recorded, and also had individual verb on the snare and toms. Didn't put any 'verb on kick but didn't need it with the room mic and the sample I was blending with it.
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Old 07-22-2014, 12:14 PM   #6
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I like to add room reverb to the entire kit and that gives me a big drum sound. What works for me might not work for you but I always get the best results by doing it that way. Room reverb is like the icing on the cake for my tracks when I record drums.
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Old 07-22-2014, 04:08 PM   #7
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I put kick on all drums except kick, mostly because kicks are usually supposed to be kinda punchy sounding.
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Old 07-22-2014, 06:43 PM   #9
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I rarely add reverb to kick drum, floor toms or bass. It just keeps things tidy in my ears. Every rule is open to exception though.
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I put kick on all drums except kick, mostly because kicks are usually supposed to be kinda punchy sounding.

Makes sense to me...
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Derp, reverb. Chronic sleep deprivation makes me a bit absentminded.
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Old 07-23-2014, 09:45 AM   #12
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I think it depends on the song and how busy the kick is. If the kick is only doing a few beats per measure it can add a nice texture in some cases to the bottom. If the kick is very busy it can just blur the defination of the kick because not enough time has been passed for the reverbs decay. If you have multiple drum tracks and have the kick on it's own track, try using a separate reverb or very short delay.
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