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In The Studio: How To Enhance Drums With Parallel Distortion

Beef up thin sounding drums using parallel distortion
This article is provided by the Pro Audio Files.


Matthew Weiss recently wrote an article called Seven Advanced Mixing Techniques That Can Get You in Trouble, and there was some confusion over the first tip about using multiple outputs for group sends so we made a video to break it down.

The idea is that by using multiple outputs for each element of a drum kit, you can control a separate drum balance exclusively feeding your processed track without affecting the balance of your main drum group.

So if you want a ton of kick drum feeding just the distortion plug-in on a parallel track while keeping the original drum kit balance going to your main drum group, this routing allows for that.

Check out the breakdown below to see how you can beef up thin sounding drums using parallel distortion.


Dan Comerchero is the founder and editor of the, a community blog where audio professionals from around the world share pro audio related articles, techniques, and advice on recording, mixing, production and more. Matthew Weiss engineers from his private facility in Philadelphia, PA. A list of clients and credits are available at

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