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    drum EQ VST plugins?

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    I'm new to recording/mixing and have just discovered what VST plugins are...
    Can anyone tell me if there's plugins that have a whole range of drum EQ/reverb/compression presets?
    I've tried a bit of Googleing and searching on this site, but I need help with search terms as I'm so new to this I don't really know how to focus my search, I keep getting drum machine or trigger plugins...which I don't want.

    I'm not actually the one mixing my band's stuff, I just want something to play around with so I can get an idea of how to create the sound I'm after on my drums so I can relay it to the producer in a language that'd be useful to him.
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    What DAW are you using? My first advice would be not to worry about presets for EQ. Every situation is different, so tweeking EQ, if any EQ is needed at all is the norm.
    Reaper comes with ReaComp, a pretty neat compressor with a few presets, including a NY for drums one.
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    I have sonar x1 prodeuce and the vc64 percussion strip plugin is amazing for drLook on the cakewalk website and look up their sonar x1 package and the plugins within it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mjbphotos View Post
    What DAW are you using?
    Adobe Audition 1.5, used to be called Cool Edit Pro. Very basic.
    I downloaded a demo of a EQ plugin earlier that shows frequencies my drums are hitting rather than me just moving the Hz sliders up and down by process of elimination to see where the drum responds. Stuff like that is the sorta thing I'm after, but not just demos.

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    What genre or music are you working on? I personally am a fan of using some parallel compresion on drums, but I tend to mix more rock oriented drums. Their are alot of effects that you can add, that all can compliment each other (if used properly) or make your already good sounding sound be worse....

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    Death metal. What's parallel compression?

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    Just Googled it, sounds good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goreliscious View Post
    Death metal. What's parallel compression?
    With that genre, you will want as much punch to your drums. Parallel compression is basically a method of bussing an uncompressed drum tracks and adding a fairly aggressive compression (something like 4:1) and a fast attack and release. The explanation given here is a pretty decent one:

    Parallel compression for fatter drum tones - Hometracked

    You could also look at using gates to help give the kick and snare even more punch. Hope this helps.

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    Parallel compression is almost a "must" when mixing extreme styles of metal - my kicks and snare are almost always paracomped when mixing a metal project, so they cut through and give some weight to the low end.

    Here's another great resource with examples on parallel compression on metal drums: FaderWear Guides - Need a Fat Drum Sound? Parallel Compression Guide

    For VSTs, I love Bootsy's freeware plugs on my drums - especially Rescue on the drum bus, and the original Density for the parallel comp.

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    Cheers. Interestingly, Russ Russell says no to parellel compression. Skip to 2.38

    I'm not saying he's right and you're wrong, just saying it's interesting to hear a pro extreme metal producer say no when yes seems to be the given norm.

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