The How & Why of Punchy Drum Compression

Everyone wants punchy drums. This simple tutorial will show you how to get extra punch out of your kicks, or your kicks and snares for you breakbeaters, rockers, junglists, and dubstep badmen!

Everyone knows that you need to use a compressor, but after dropping it on the channel, the punchiness is still elusive for some. Let me tell you the one big secret. The secret that will let your kicks punch people in the ears!

It’s All About the Attack Time

If you look at a kick drum’s waveform you will see that it starts rather abruptly with a high peak and then tailors off. That’s where your punch resides. In order to get a beefier kick without losing the natural punch you need to let that peak pass through the compressor unaffected. You can do that with the attack setting on a compressor.

Read the Full Article -> Ask.Audio

*this is an article abstract of a contribution I made on Ask.Audio.

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Author: Joshua Casper

Joshua Casper is an Artist, Musician, and Blogger.

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