I greatly appreciate you and all the masters at MWTM for taking the time to answer our questions.
I wanted to ask if you could share your approach and philosophy when it comes to mixing modern pop drums.
- Do you primarily work on individual tracks, or do you mostly rely on drum bus processing? If the latter, what is your typical order of processing (compression, saturation, EQ, etc.)?
- What are your thoughts on parallel compression or saturation, and do you use them in your mixing process?
- Do you use any clipping VST plugins on your drums to achieve overall loudness in your mixes? or maybe you achieve clipping by sending tracks to an analog summing mixer?
- Lastly, if you could share any general tips and tricks you’ve learned over the years regarding mixing drums, it would be greatly appreciated.
For reference, when discussing “modern pop drums,” I can think of tracks like “New Rules” by Dua Lipa or more recent ones like “Peaches” by Justin Bieber.
Once again, thank you for any guidance you can provide.