Zeal Drums Tutorial First of all, everyone has a different style or sound to their drums. This is just how i like to have mine as my prefernce and thought that it might help someone out in their quest! With things like compression, the only thing i can say is that if you dont know how to use compression properly, then its probably best not to use it. Dont limit your tunage either, as most tunes end up so squashed they dont cut it Kick Drum: I usually use 2 kick drums, i tend not to use any more as adding too many can make it harder to mix down its nice to have one with a real low thud on, so i would find myself a low end kick drum sample and boost around the 70 - 80hz mark. i think its also very important to have a nice snappy / middy type kick drum that helps cut it in the mix more. finding a nice snappy kick drum i would boost arounf the 500hz mark Snares: With snare drums i pretty much use the same methods as my kick drums. I use no more than 2 if i cna help it. I like a really thumping snare with good body to it, so finding one and boosting it around the 130-200hz mark can really give it some oomph You need to be careful boosting there though as it can get muddy there very easily After that i would layer a really snappy hi end snare over thtat, to give it that definition and cut through the mix easier Breaks: With the breaks used, i would try and disguise the breaks as much as i can, as using breaks that have been rinsed can really take the supprise out of the tune If you have a break with soe real nice hi end, i would eq the rest out and just use the high end. With the high end i like to use imaging on it to give it a really nice and wide feel To me the best rule with breaks is to keep layering and layering untill it sounds full. Dont forget to try and give each element its own eq space so everythig doesnt get moulded together. Nice bright hats and rides dont forget! Hope this helps some to people. if not then ignore it and carry on as you were hehehe ENJOY!