Any modern pop or rock track needs a good solid foundation. In this case we have a combination of real acoustic and programmed drums to give the song “Thought of love” by the Rooftop Renegades a good solid groove. Paul Drew of Production Expert, with the support of Universal Audio, shows how by using only Universal Audio UAD-2 plug-ins, he mixes the acoustic drums with some of the programmed percussion to give the track a driving feel.
Paul starts with the high pitched tuned snare sample showing how to use the Culture Vulture by Thermionic Culture to add some distortion. In fact, quite a lot of distortion makes it into the final mix but it works alongside the crack and sizzle of the acoustic snare drum.
Paul starts his drum mix with a parallel drum bus. This bus has a Fairchild 670 compressor limiter on it which Paul hits quite hard to get a big compressor sound that he then dials back just a little using the mix control
Paul then goes onto explain how he uses the API 2500 bus compressor on the main drum bus. He then blends this compressed signal with that of the parallel bus which has the Fairchild on it. The blend of these two processors is what makes the drum sound of the final track.
There are only two plug-ins on the bass track. These are the Helios Type 69 and the Blue Stripe 1176. The Helios Type 69 channel strip is being used to impart its tone into the bass but also to clean up the tone using a cut to the EQ at about 700Hz.
Using the Blue Stripe 1176 Paul gets an amazing distorted tone just from playing with the compressors release time which really helps the bass cut through the mix.
There are two reverbs used on this track. The first is the new Lexicon 480L and the other is the AKG BX20 spring reverb. Paul demonstrates a nice stereo trick that you can do with the BX20 by un-linking the stereo mode to give the vocal a really nice stereo spread.
In the 6th and final video in this series Paul looks at mastering the track Thought Of Love by The Rooftop Renegades showing what UAD-2 plug-ins he uses and how he uses them to create a full sounding production master ready for record company or band approval.