Reverb on drums?

Discussion in 'Production' started by Lucider, Dec 9, 2011.

  1. Lucider

    Lucider Member

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2011
    Messages:
    193
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    San Francisco, CA
    Never done it until I was preparing a track to be played that same night - I freaked, feeling like it sounded dry and lacked cohesion, so I started slapping room reverb, fully dampened, on ALL of the drums, from kick to hi-hat. I was A/B 'ing with Spor's Powder Monkey at the time and just couldn't think of another way to get the wash of sound that this mofo cranks out so effortlessly.

    It seemed to help, I guess. Is there a right way to do this?

    Thanks,
    J.P.
     
  2. groelle

    groelle Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2007
    Messages:
    5,497
    Likes Received:
    92
    Location:
    northern germany
    no way is the right way, if it sounds good it is, lol :D

    i occasionally throw some pretty short reverb without any damp on snares and the main hi hat if there is one. find it with really hi fizzly sound that it can easily sound over the top when you got lots of stuff going on.

    really depends imo. if theres lots of drum hits, lots of hi hats etc id not throw any reverb on it and if so a really short, hipassed one. and i never put any reverb on kicks, dunno what that is like lol ^^
     
  3. Mr Fletch

    Mr Fletch aka KRONIX

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2009
    Messages:
    3,971
    Likes Received:
    227
    Location:
    Essex, England
    ^^ pretty much this ^^

    Occassionally I'll whack some subtle verb on a snare layer or hat sequence, but it all depends on what style I'm aiming for
     
  4. kieran t

    kieran t Member

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2009
    Messages:
    175
    Likes Received:
    8
    Location:
    MANCHESTER
    I wouldnt put any on! If u are gonna then the sightest bit. Thats what i do :)
     
  5. Krispy

    Krispy Member

    Joined:
    Nov 26, 2009
    Messages:
    760
    Likes Received:
    19
    Location:
    Alberta, Canada
    You could group all your drums together and have a reverb affect the group as a whole. Perhaps have a reverb plug on a return track..
     
  6. ShirPan

    ShirPan Member

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2011
    Messages:
    188
    Likes Received:
    8
    Location:
    Cologne
    sometimes i put some reverbed element in my snare, it can create interesting athmospheres, but then again, it always depends...
     
  7. t0rben

    t0rben Member

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2011
    Messages:
    50
    Likes Received:
    1
    I often use a reverb on a return track and send individual drum hits to hit. mostly hi hats and percussive sounds. (I don't dare messing with the kick too much :)) Glues the whole drum kit more together, as if it was a drum kit in a room :D
     
  8. Lucider

    Lucider Member

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2011
    Messages:
    193
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    San Francisco, CA
    thanks for the tips - when I mentioned to a friend of mine at the party that I put reverb on the kick he just laughed - seriously, some of those spor tracks have a sorta muddy low end in a good way
     
  9. lostnthesound

    lostnthesound Burns Easily in the Sun

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2011
    Messages:
    1,397
    Likes Received:
    189
    Location:
    Washington DC
    I've found quite a bit of success sending the Drum bus to a reverb channel, but only enough so that you can barely hear the difference when A/Bing. It adds a nice touch of "glue" to the kit as a whole, and provides it a bit of overall depth.
     
  10. DigitalDevil

    DigitalDevil New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2011
    Messages:
    20
    Likes Received:
    0
    Hi

    Doesn't have much to do with the thread, but what stands A/B for?
     
  11. Innovine

    Innovine Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2008
    Messages:
    436
    Likes Received:
    27
    Location:
    sweden
    It means comparing A or B.. play both tracks at the same time, but listen to one, and then quickly switch to the second, then back to the first, to compare how they sound. Great way to study how your music compares to someone elses (like a reference track you think is well produced).
     
  12. T:M

    T:M Dusty Techno Workout

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2009
    Messages:
    1,016
    Likes Received:
    13
    Location:
    St. Louis
    I always put a very very subtle (maybe 5-7% wet) reverb after a very very subtle distortion and before compression on my drum master bus. Sounds good to me :D
     
  13. sam the dnb man

    sam the dnb man Variation

    Joined:
    May 24, 2007
    Messages:
    10,438
    Likes Received:
    563
    Location:
    Feltham
    I tend to bounce down reverb version of each drum hit and manipulate them as audio files.
    You can do a lot of things with reverb