Reply To: Mixing percussion and cymbals (hi-hats, ride, etc)
And I agree 100% with Mind Zero, more and more, every day. A handful of well-selected sounds will always trump heaps of loops and breaks n shit. Then make the sounds fit in their own space. At ~174bpm, everything has to sit well in its own space, and there isn’t a lot of room for slop.
Sound selection and arrangement are arguably more important than any eq, compression, saturation, etc. If you don’t get those first two right, all of those later bits aren’t going to save you.
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