Best order for effects on a mix.

Discussion in 'Recording/Live Sound' started by Steve1216, Feb 14, 2018.

  1. Steve1216

    Steve1216 Member

    Apr 12, 2016
    im doing some drums right now. What I’m planning on adding is gate, compression, eq, reverb/delay, and maybe one of those tape saturation things. What would be the best order to have these things hitting the signal?
  2. hotrats73

    hotrats73 Member

    Apr 12, 2014
    No right answer here but as a starting point I'll snuggest

    gate, compression, eq with an eq before the compressor if you need to clean up things or hipass.
    tape saturation last in chain.
    reverb and delay in parallel using send/return feature on your daw
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2018
  3. oldhousescott

    oldhousescott Silver Supporting Member

    Feb 21, 2008
    Assuming you're using real drums, not a VST instrument, I'd also look at time-aligning your drum tracks. Some folks prefer to leave the tracks as-is to get a more organic, as-captured sound, but I like the punch and thickness when the close mics are aligned to the overheads. I don't align room mics.

    Melda MAutoAlign is cheap and simple to use. Waves has an auto-align plugin as well, and it goes on sale periodically. Sound Radix Auto-Align is probably the most well-known but is a little pricier.

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