Mike Major Mixing Drums The Method to the Mix TUTORIAL

By | February 12, 2022

Mike Major Mixing Drums The Method to the Mix

Mike Major Mixing Drums The Method to the Mix TUTORIAL

Learn effective techniques for getting the most out of your drum sound, and how to adapt these strategies to develop your own unique approach to getting better drum mixes that sound full, powerful, clear and memorable.

Where’s the best place to start your mix?

Learn how to jumpstart your mix by developing your own mix templates that set you up for success. Mike will teach you how to best use your sub-mixes, buses and groups to make your drum mixes faster and easier to navigate, allowing you to unleash your full creativity, and employ powerful, advanced techniques with minimum effort.

Do you want a powerful kick and snare sound?

Learn key strategies for getting the most out of your kick and snare drums. These are the very foundation of a modern drum sound, and arguably, the entire mix.

Mike Major will teach you tips, tricks and techniques for effectively using compression, EQ, parallel processing, saturation, effects and more to make your kicks and snares cut through the mix with increased impact, while enhancing the groove—and ultimately, the emotional experience for your listener.

Learn how to craft a larger than life drum sound

Overheads and room mics are critical for establishing a sense of space and manipulating the perceived size of your drum sound. Learn how to use your overheads and room mics to tie your whole drum kit together, achieving a cohesive sound while maintaining punch and enhancing the impact of your close mics.

Learn how to use reverb like a pro

In module 4, you’ll learn about a wide variety of time-based effects for mixing drums, and will discover how to decide what kind of reverb will work best for the drum mix at hand. Find out how to seamlessly integrate your time-based effects with your natural room sound to create an exciting, realistic, evocative ambience.

Uncover the secrets to great-sounding toms

You’ll learn the pro-level EQ strategies that will make your toms clear and powerful. Discover the best techniques for setting noise gates to work perfectly every time, and how to tame resonances that cause unwanted frequency buildup in your toms that could otherwise destroy your drum mix.

Fine tune your drum mix

In module 6, we’ll evaluate the complete drum mix and show you effective ways to make some overall tone and balance adjustments while fine-tuning the nuances to finalize a mix for a great-sounding drum kit that works well with the rest of your mix.


  • Create a powerful, exciting and memorable drum mix
  • Use compression to manipulate shape, tone and dynamics
  • Master drum EQ to enhance the tone as well as fix problematic frequencies
  • Creatively apply time-based effects to create a larger than life sound
  • Discover advanced techniques for getting a punchy in-your-face drum sound
  • Learn effective buss compression strategies for a cohesive drum mix


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