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Old 06-03-2021, 12:10 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by 138BPM View Post
When I started using a DAW, I just threw the kick, snare, hi-hats, clap, tambourine and so on, all on one track. Way back in time, when we only had 16 tracks to work with, track 10 was always used for drums.

The thing is now we can have as many tracks as we want as long as our computers can handle them all, so what is the best way to do it now in 2021, when using a DAW?

After a while I started splitting off the kick drum, because I wanted it to have it's own EQ and put in mono, but I have seen some people split off every single drum hit to its own track, which to me seems like a lot of work but it would also give full control over everything.

I just wonder how other people manage their drums, because I want to make a gated snare, but if the snare is on the same track as other drums, it's not possible because the other drums will end up with the gated effect too - so it seems splitting every drum hit is the way to go?
You meant to say "bus" all drums to one track, right? (Or "route")

The L/R overheads and kick are still the main deal for me.
I'll record spot mics when I can (nearly always). Could have 12 - 14 drum channels recorded. I've done stuff like split a tom track out to 3 for control of attack vs initial hit vs sustain. Dynamic split and other tools to assist. (There's no 'labor of love' work going on here as I'm very impatient!) I might have 3 different drum subgroups for some "Hulk smash!" techniques.

Or the whole drum mix might be the overhead pair and kick and all the spot mics are muted!

It's nice. You can do whatever you want to get where you want to be now. But sometimes it still stays simple. Other times you notice you the board has climbed up to 400 tracks and you wonder what the hell is wrong with yourself!
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