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Drums and EQ (part 1)

When you receive your drum tracks you’ll want to add some EQ to optimize their sound. Everyone has their own way to do this but there are some general guidelines that most engineers will adhere to. The key is to experiment and see what sounds good to your ears.

First, don’t go overboard by adding too much. If you use good drums and good tuning techniques (I do!) only moderate amounts of EQ will be needed. Another widely accepted technique is when adding EQ allow the surrounding frequencies to be boosted in sympathy. When cutting frequencies “pinch” off the offending frequency as to not reduce any of the surrounding frequencies too drastically.

Next month we’ll spend some time talking about EQing individual drums and mic placements. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about this article or about any of the services offered by You can reach me at

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