One Thing: Hannes Bieger – Tuning drum sounds

One Thing: Hannes Bieger – Tuning drum sounds

October 13, 2019 19 By Kailee Schamberger


Hi, I’m Hannes. One thing I’ve learned
as a producer and sound engineer is that drums are not only percussive events
but also tonal elements. And therefore it’s important
that you tune them to the key of your track. If you start thinking of your bass drum
as a bass note, it’s obvious that you would like to make
it fit with the rest. Tuning kicks is a bit tricky
because the tonal structure is hard to hear in the lower frequencies. That’s why when pitching kick drums,
I tune them up by one octave first. Then tune it to the song. And then pitch it back down by one octave again. If you get this right for all your drum tracks
you will notice that not only the mix sounds better, this also adds tremendously
to the groove of your track.