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    You think all drums sound the same these days? HA!



    Doesn't take too long to get into the content.

    He's got one on Brendan O'Brien, which is just as good. He goes over some King's X stuff during the O'Brien vid. I always forgot O'Brien did Dogman.....fucking ridiculous sounding record.
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    Back in my day, all drums sounded the same BETTER.

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    Well, yeah, each engineer has their "go-to" processes and putting them back to back will reveal remarkable similarities (or even identical sampling etc) Andy Sneap has been doing the exact same cookie-cutter album mix for about 15 years now, that goes for drums, guitars, bass, everything

    I think where the "all drums sound the same these days" thing comes from is where everyone, amateur AND professional, are using the same sample packages across the board, and are lazy with the processing (especially since a lot of them are heavily pre-processed). So you don't have to listen to things from the same engineer to get similarities, you can grab two random bands who are vaguely similar in style and it'll sound incredibly homogeneous.

    This is an awesome watch though, thanks for posting (I wish he wouldn't do that annoying micro-editing crap though, makes him look like a millennial YouTuber)
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    Really interesting video.

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    I definitely subscribe to the idea of automating your sample tracks, so the real snare features more heavily in the mix on fast parts like rolls, or to pick up dynamics like ghost notes etc. Same with kick, and playing with the kick in/out mics. Makes for a much more natural mix that breathes with the dynamics of the song.

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    Well, yeah, obviously.

    The most interesting bit was chorus on bass, which I confess I've never really noticed and would never have thought of. I'd always be in the 'bass tuning as clear and stable as possible' camp. But hey, it sounds really cool (once you notice it).

    Blending a distorted, pitch-flitered noise-layered sample is pretty cool as well. Within the wit of man, though; I do fairly similar things already.

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    Thanks for sharing... this has made me feel less guilty about reusing samples on different projects.

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    Is this actually something people worry about? I couldn't tell a difference in drum sound unless you played 2 clips back to back of obviously different drums. I'm focusing on the content, but if all drums actually sounded the same, I couldn't care less. I'm thinking way way way too much emphasis these days is put on production. Someone said Andy Sneap has been doing the same mix for 15 years. So? If it sounds good, it sounds good. Worry about the music part of listening to music.
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