How to… Sur­gi­cally al­ter drum ma­chine sounds

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A drum sound is made up of the at­tack por­tion – the in­har­monic tran­sient el­e­ment that pro­vides the ini­tial punch – and the more har­monic sus­tain sec­tion. Process a drum sig­nal in its en­tirety, and you’ll af­fect th­ese com­po­nents uni­formly. The more ex­treme the pro­cess­ing, the more you’ll de­stroy that all-im­por­tant at­tack.

There­fore, try chopping out and de­tach­ing the smack sec­tion from the tail el­e­ment. This way, you can ap­ply dif­fer­ent pro­cess­ing to each, re­tain­ing the tran­sient’s clar­ity and still be­ing able to push your pro­cess­ing harder on the body.

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