02 Dec Pro-tip: Take care of your transients or they’ll take care of you.
When you’re layering drum hits and constructing your beats, make sure to pay attention to the transients of your hits.
Sometimes, hi hats or other percussion that lands on the kick and snare can obscure or screw up the transients so make sure to prioritise the transients you need the most.
Additionally, you can use the track delay function of your DAW to nudge tracks forward or back by milliseconds. This relates to the previous point because if you have a cowbell or something landing on your snare and ruining the punchiness of your snare, you can shift the cowbell by a couple milliseconds back or forth to let the snare come through properly.
You get the idea; use your ears to make sure all your drum hits sound good and shift them a little if you need to.