Does it sound like your drummer is hitting a cardboard box?
Or, are the drums sounding a bit muddy?
Depending on your room and the drums, this is most likely coming from the 400-700 Hz range.
Fortunately it’s pretty easy to clear things up. Here’s how you do it:
- Apply a parametric EQ filter with a Q of 3 and boost 6-9dB
- Sweep around in the 400-700 Hz range until you hear the nastiness
- Cut around -6dB to get rid of the nasty
- Repeat steps 1-3 for each individual drum channel
You may find that different drums sound better with a cut around 350 Hz, others around 630 Hz, or others at 700 Hz.
Some may even have the same exact frequency placement. It all depends on your room and drums.
✅ Make drums sound better
Yep, it really is that simple. You killed it!
Looking for more drum EQ tips?
You’ll find them here: Mixing Live Drums: EQ, Compression & Gating