Mixing Drums Using The 80/20 Rule (Part 2)

Hey Audio Fam! Today we’re continuing in the “Mixing Using The 80/20 Rule”series. This is one of my favorite mental Β approaches to mixing. It’s stunning as to how much of our final drum sound we can get by focusing on just the Busses.

Here we finish mixing the drums of “The Limit” by Matt MacKelcan with an emphasis on using The 80/20 Rule (Pareto’s Principle). In Part 1 we focused on things like the Drum Buss, routing, gain staging and signal flow. Here in Part 2, we dive into mixing the Kicks, Snares, Toms, Overheads and Room mics. We also take a look at the Parallel Compression, Parallel EQ and Reverbs that I used to really make the drums come alive in the mix. I’m really happy with the way the drums came out using no samples and using broad stroke mix techniques to stay true to the artists initial vision during pre production and recording.

I think you’ll all be amazed at just how well mixing using The 80/20 Rule works in our favor. I strongly urge you to try this in one of your mixes and share the experience in the comments section, on the YouTube video, or via email.

I hope you all have a great day! Happy Mixing! πŸ™‚

– Pete