Mixing drums is one of the hardest things to do well. But before you even dive into what kind of EQ, compression, and effects you want on the kit, you should take a few minutes to ensure your drum tracks are in phase as best they can be.

A Quick Phase Check Never Hurt

This step isn’t really a tedious one. I generally just try to make sure each close drum mic is at the best possible phase relationship with the overheads. That way you’ll have the fattest, punchiest raw sound to start with. Trust me, when you start to do this, you’ll wonder why you never did it before. Let’s take a look!