What effects are typically added to drums with regard to electronic music?

EQ is of course one and compression another. You could also add reverb or maybe even delay to a clap.

Are there more effects that are common?


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You mention the most common ones:

  • Equalization
  • Compression and limiting
  • Reverb
  • Delay

Other effects may include:

  • Modulation (Chorus, Flangers, Phasers etc)
  • Filters (sweeping EQs, resonance controllers etc.)
  • Distortion (in particular within industrial genres)
  • Expanders and gates (to tighten up samples)

And there are many others. However one important aspect to the sound is the fact that more often than not, the sounds are synthetically generated - i.e. they're not recordings of actual drums. Moreover the repetitive form with little variation also makes the beat even more trance inducing.

All these effects (and all those I didn't mention) really just scratches the surface of electronic drum mixing as a whole field. Much of the features you hear in a mix come come from meticulous tweaking of parameters and use of automations to control parameters.

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