Using drum samples to augment your acoustic drum recordings is nothing new but sometime you just want to add some much need raw power to your mix and this is where the use of whats called one-shot samples can really help by creating a punch and consistency to the track that was perhaps missing from the original.
What Are One-Shots?
A one-shot sample or one-shot is exactly that, it is a single sample that you either layer on top of, or replace your existing drum part with. For example, you can add a fat snare drum one-shot on top of your existing snare recording to add consistency to the back-beat of the track. These samples are of a single velocity so every hit sounds the same, the only variation is the original track, which is enough to keep your drums sounding real but with the added bonus of the power and weight from the one-shot.
In the video above Joey Sturgis of JST and Drumforge, shows you how to use one-shots to augment the drum mix in a country track. Now it has to be said that one-shots are more often used in rock and metal drum mixing, but this technique works really well in this country-rock track to help stop the drums getting lost in the thick layering in this particular production.
If you are interested in trying this technique in your next rock or metal production but don’t have any samples to play with, check out the new Drum Shotz package from the team at Drumforge.
One Shot signature sample collection from producer/mixer Joel Wanasek
36 samples total in 44.1, 24 bit format
For use with your favourite triggering program or in any DAW
5 Kick Direct, 5 Kick Room samples, and 1 Kick Sub sample
5 Snare Direct and 8 Snare Room samples
2 Tom sets with 6 Tom Direct Samples with 6 Room samples