Drum Processing With Onboard Effects
Getting impactful drums with onboard processing is entirely possible! Phil Bledsoe talks through his process to using what’s available on your console, and how to push the boundaries of what you have in terms of effects. Wether you have an older desk, or the latest and greatest, these ideas will apply to any console you’re using.
Mixing Drums With the Tools You Have
You don’t need all of the fanciest gear and outboard processing to get good drum sounds! Phil Bledsoe walks through his approach to mixing drums with the tools you have, and introduces some new ideas you can implement into your mixes.
A Conversation on Drum Tuning
Drum tuning is a topic full of preference and hardly any hard and fast rules. The way a drum is tuned has more to do with the sound of a drum than anything you can do at FOH. Learning to talk with your drummer about how they tune their drums will only help to strengthen your relationship with them, while also helping to achieve a better sound. Rhett Harken and Phil Bledsoe have a conversation on how to talk about drum tuning, and how to make compromises while still honoring and respecting one another in the process.
Approaching Line Check for Drums
When doing line check, especially for drums, it can be hard to know what way to begin since there are so many ways to approach it. Phil Bledsoe walks through his process for line check, and also draws attention to a few things to watch out for during that process.
A Conversation on Drum Loudness
From drummer to engineer and engineer to drummer, how loud drums are tends to be a sore subject. Rhett Harken and Phil Bledsoe have a conversation on how loud drums should be, and how to make compromises while still honoring and respecting one another in the process.
What is a DI?
What is a DI? Known as a “Direct Box” or “Direct Injection box", a DI is simply a device that converts Line level signal down to Mic level, which in turn allows the mixer to control gain properly at the desk.