Most of us aren’t actually recording to tape these days. DAWs reign supreme for their low cost, instant recall, and their powerful editing features. But there is still something about the analog sound of recording to tape that seems to be missing. This is especially true on transient heavy elements like drums.

Warm Up Your Drum Tracks A Bit

Although not the same as recording to tape, using a tape saturation plugin (even a free one) can go a long way to bringing some warmth and character to your tracks. The subtle compression and EQ that happens in one of these plugins brings an edginess and bottom end to your drums in a nice way. Take a look at today’s mixing video and see what you think!