How To Use Drum Samples In Your Mixes

You’ve likely heard it said many times before but…
If you want to achieve modern, pro-sounding mixes, you need to use drum samples.
The reason has nothing to do with whether you have a weak drummer, poor sounding room, or bad microphone positioning (although samples CAN help fix all three of those things).
Even the biggest and best engineers in the world still use samples. And it’s certainly not because they aren’t doing a good job during the tracking stage.
So why use them?
Samples allow you to add consistency, power, impact, and weight to your tracks.
They allow you to achieve a pro sound faster and without the need for spending hours trying to manipulate your source tones and fighting common issues such as bleed.
Some musicians have an irrational fear that using samples will result in lifeless, sterile, robotic tracks that sound unnatural; however, when added to a mix properly, this is the furthest thing from the truth.
In fact, if you listen to the top 100 songs on the radio now, I’ll guarantee you that 99% of them have samples blended into the mix and you’d likely never know.
So how do you use samples correctly and make them sound natural? Inside this video, I’ll show you how.

In this video, I’ll show you how to easily add samples to your mixes in a variety of ways (using free and paid options).
I’ll also show you how you can preserve the natural dynamics of your drummer’s performance so you don’t end up with tracks that don’t sound fake and robotic.
PS. Looking for samples to use in your mixes? Check out the MasterYourMix Drum sample collections