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Huge drums - made even HUGER!!

A post by David Mellor
Thursday November 30, 2006 readers take a simple recording of drums, and huge them to the MAX!
Huge drums - made even HUGER!!

Just a quick one today...

Regarding the huge drums we have been discussing this week. A few brave souls were kind enough to send me their enhanced versions.

And here they are...

Amit Shtriker
Greg Milo
Neil Sweeny
Ognen Anastasovsky
Rejean Caron
Tym Cornell
Stuart Allsop

Turn your monitors down for this one. I think we can say that there is such a thing as too huge...

Dav Byrne

And the original for comparison...


All of these files are in AAC format. You can play them with iTunes. If you use Windows Media Player, you can download the AAC codec from

Greg Milo was good enough to provide a detailed description of how he did it...

"Gear and software was Digital Performer 4.6, UAD plug-ins, an RME 800 and Hafler M5 monitors. I duplicated the stereo track twice. Leaving the original in the center untouched. I created two aux tracks and had some signal from all going to both with compression and with panning to try and create some sense of space. On the right channel panned to 29, I boosted 3dB at 2.5k and rolled the lows off at 100Hz. I cut the lows and rolled the highs slightly. I did this to try and make more of the hi-hats sound like they were coming from that side. On the left channel. I cut the highs from 4k down and boosted 11dB at 90Hz with a roll-off of lows from there. Just a little kick reinforcement here. Added some reverb and multiband to cut the hats a little, even though you boosted, everything I did made them a little obnoxious. There are probably simpler ways to do what I created, but maybe not, because these settings yield their own results. All a matter of taste - right? But I am always up for learning and experimenting."

And some pics of settings (click on each image to see a larger version, where available)...

Board layout

Left channel

Multiband compressor

Right channel


Your constructive comments would be welcome.

By the way, a lot of people sent in comments through various means and I fear that I might have missed some out, for which I apologize. In future, I'll ask for comments to be sent via the website, which is automated and not quite so subject to human error.

A post by David Mellor
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