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    Compress Bass drum (mildly) to cover bad technique?

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    Hello,

    I'm not a drummer, but can keep time well enough for what I want to do. Kit is reasonable sounding "Percussion Plus" with a head and no hole on the front of the bass drum. Pedal is a little loosey goosey. Does it makes sense to run the bass drum through a (preamp first then) compressor prior to the mixing board, to even out my playing? It seems intuitive to do so, but opinions appreciated.

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    Probably easier to just punch in mistakes.
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    Why would you want to do this? I wouldn't patch a compressor in this way - just connect it to the desk using the usual insert cable. As for needing the compressor, I don't think this makes much difference if the drummer is good or bad - the kick gets treated to sound like you want, and moving the mic will do more than the compressor.

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    In my experience, compressing on the way in isn't the best idea-it can never be undone. Compress the recorded track after recorded to maybe even things out. Most important is technique. There is more to drumming than a good clock. Try tightening the spring(s) on the pedal ti make it respond quicker.
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    I've heard of drummers using a limiter to even out the kicks and sound more consistent.

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    Kick is one of those things that might benefit from multiband compressor applied carefully after tracking.

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