I need to make the toms I'm look more like tambours played with mallets, any tips, on eq, compression, or effects I could use? Thanks!

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    Maybe a transient shaper to take the spike off the head of the sound? – Tetsujin Mar 1 '16 at 8:35
  • Definitely try a transient shaper to pull down the attack and raise the sustain. You could also always replace your toms with samples of tambors or similar drums. – Linuxios Apr 6 '16 at 4:26

I guess its all about getting rid of that attacky hit of the stick. It contains a high frequency transient, which need to be reduced/removed.

Try using a multiband compressor and focus on the upper band (above 2 KHz). Set the attack to 0, and the release quite fast (less than 5 ms, but you need to tweak this carefully to allow some soft attack to get through). Ratio should be high (above 10:1). Threshold setting is a matter of levels - you need to see the reduction meter reduce alot for this to work.

Leave the lower compression band(s) untouched.

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