Filters, gating, EQ and dynamics control
Through the following steps, we’ll be controlling a number of parameters within a single channel strip plugin, to tame a drum loop Running drum loops alongside programmed drum parts is a popular production technique, as loops can bring groove and mix weight to a collection of one-shot sounds. The only problem is that loops tend to ‘reinforce’ frequency content which is likely to be present in your programmed drum parts, which can create all kinds of conflicts. Maybe your loop contains a kick drum whose frequencies fight those of your programmed kick pattern. Or maybe the snare, clap or hi-hat parts in the loop create too much bite or a volume spike in other areas. Channel strip plugins can tame all of these problems and more besides, as we’ll see through these steps.