I think it’s safe to say that we’re all pretty sick of blog posts and videos about parallel drum compression. So, what’s another one! Seriously though, parallel compression posts and videos are so ubiquitous precisely because they are something we all often use. And for a good reason, they can sound great! There are many different ways of approaching parallel processing. And there are a plethora of plug-in combinations to choose from that allow us to sculpt our own personal signature parallel bus “vibe.”
Parallel drum busses are often set up as a “crush bus.” Precisely because they are used to squash, distort, and overdrive the sound in beautifully nasty ways. When blended with the unprocessed bus, they add the secret mojo we all want our drums to have.
In this video, I want to share with you what I consider to be a much underused and under-hyped tool in Logic Pro X. It works great when put to work on a parallel drum bus. I’m talking about Logic’s Phat FX. Added relatively recently, it is a multi-purpose multi-effects processor. But just because it is a multi-effects processor, that doesn’t mean you have to use all the multiple effects available all the time.
The Phat FX distortion module is, in my opinion, the most colourful and versatile distortion/saturation/overdrive tool in Logic. It can be used subtly. Or not so subtly. Check it out in this video, and see how I combine it with Logic’s compressor on a parallel mono drum bus. In context, it adds just the right amount of dirt to add some real hair to an otherwise relatively nice clean polite sounding, if not vanilla, drum mix.