16 Oct Pro-tip: You don’t need hard transients/fundamentals to make hard, punchy drums.
Distorting and saturating drums is key to getting them present and powerful enough for the modern standard of drum and bass but overly distorted transients and fundamentals can ruin your drum hits.
It can often pay dividends to keep the fundamental harmonic of your drum hits fairly clean and “soft” and keeping the transient clear and clean. For example, overly distorting big, punchy snares adds too many overtones to the fundamental sine wave frequency, squashing it and making it sound too broken.
For some examples of clean drums that pop hard, check out the new Camo & Krooked album as well as almost any new Phace & Mefjus tunes.