Drums, Drum Editing, Sample Selection, and Grooves

This week, Jonny demonstrates how he creates and edits drum sections, chooses appropriate samples, and implements the right groove!

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  • Jon Sloan

    Hey guys, quick question. Jonny mentioned that many club systems are mono only so that’s the reason he mono’ed the drum parts, even the hats. Could he explain that a little more? I always mono the low end, so kick, bass, etc but I didn’t know it was necessary to mono the higher parts like hats?

    • Mychael Jones

      Usually, it’s not necessary to mono the Hi-Hats. In this instance, I believe that Jonny has them mono’ed because he wants an accurate idea of what it would sound like on a club system that runs in mono. If you want an accurate representation of your sound on a mono system, it would be crucial to mono the Hi-Hats or else you would risk losing them when they are played on a mono system. This is the same reason the Beatles were anti-stereo at first, they were afraid that some of the instrumentation would be lost when played through a mono system. Just as a test, try rendering a stereo file out to mono and just listen to the difference. You may be amazed at how different a song sounds!

      Another reason to mono a drum kit is that it’s easier to hear the natural separation of the drums, which would make it easier to later develop a proper stereo mix. Low end sounds (below 120Hz), like Kick Drums and Bass, usually are in mono for a number of reasons. One of them being that frequencies so low are hard for humans to pick up the direction in which they are coming from. There are also hardware reasons, such as it takes a lot more power to pump a low frequency than a high frequency, thus making the speaker work harder to recreate low end sounds that have been panned hard left or right, which in turn muddies up the mix.

      I hope this helped. Let us know if you have any more questions!

    • Jonny Strinati

      Hey Jon, its not necessary to mono all parts, but it’s good practice to reference your tracks in mono to check how much some sounds will phase – sorry, maybe I didn’t explain this so well in the tutorial. Any more questions, give us a shout! Cheers