I have DKFH and all of the expansion packs, and I'm considering doing the sidegrade to Superior for Metal Foundry. So I have a bunch of kits, with a ton of sounds.
Right now I'm working with the default kit in DKFH, which sounds decent enough for what I do. I'm not having the best of luck, however, getting it to sit well in the mix. Here's the (pretty much default) setup from DKFH:
Ignore the track assignments, I was in the middle of screwing around. My usual bus setup is:
T2: Snare Top/Bottom
T4: Upper Toms
T5: Lower Toms
I'm getting a decent mix/sound out of my snare and toms. The cymbals are passable for now. That said, my kick has no balls, and my hats just sound bad. They don't sparkle/sizzle at all, it's more like a sloppy fizz sound. It seems like a mix between the overhead mic and the hat mic is the way to go, but I can't seem to find a happy medium.
What are some good ways to add some cajones to my kick, and to get the hats so that they sound crisp, without overdoing it? Part of the problem with sampled drums (imo, anyway) is that if you have too sharp/bright of a hihat track, it sounds more like an annoying metronome than a piece of an instrument.
Here's an example of where I'm at with it now. Nothing special, just some back and forth muted stuff on the 7. There are some open string artifacts going on, but again I really didn't care about getting it super tight since 99% of what I'm recording right now is just arrangement/tone stuff and it'll all be in the trash eventually.
The overall drum bus has about 6db of headroom, which is where I'm having luck with so far as the sweet spot for my guitar tracks. So I don't think it's a matter of making them louder, just a matter of mix/compression/etc. I'm pretty green at this, so keep that in mind.
Down the road I'll be wanting to add a touch of reverb to the drum tracks (especially on the toms) because I really dig the way that sounds. But right now, I'm just looking for tips on getting them to stand on their own in the mix instead of being completely dominated by my guitar tracks. If I put a lead on top of this clip, they'd be even more squashed.