Drums drum eq tips and tricks

Published on September 12th, 2013 | by Dylan Lott


Drum EQ Tips and Tricks

Setting up drum mikes, getting rid of phase problems, and getting that snare to sound juuussssst right can take hours.

So we decided we’d do our best to help you take the pain out of mixing your drums after you get them all recorded.

We know that your supposed to get the best tone possible going into your recording setup, but after that, here are a couple of different EQ tips to get you the rest of the way.


drum eq tips and tricks

General EQ Tips – Overhead Mics
For more reverberations: Boost 10Khz – 15Khz
For more Cymbal in the mix: Boost 9K – 10K
To hear more crack from the heads: Boost 5K – 7K
To hear more snare wires: Boost 5K – 7K
To hear more bang from the drums: Boost 1K
For more resonance from the drums: Boost 250Hz – 300Hz

Triangular Miking Tips
Kick Drum – Boosts 3K, 6K-8K Lightly, and 100Hz
Overheads  – Boost 10K-12K; 5K-7K or 1K-3K;
Cut @ 200Hz

Close Miking Tips
Overheads – Boost 10K-12K; 3K-5K; Cut @200Hz
Room Mikes – Boost 15K, 200Hz
Tom Drums – Boost 7K-8K; 3K for transparent sounding toms or 500Hz for hard sounding toms; Boost 100Hz as well
Snare Drum – Boosts 10K (slightly); 5k; 1K-2K; 100Hz
Kick Drum – Boosts 3K; 6K-8K; 100Hz
Hi hats (Varies depending to cymbal type, but here’s some general tips):
Boosts – 7K-10K, 5K, 500Hz

Note: We’ll be doing a series of these EQ guides on various instruments. Stay tuned for them!

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