The Deli NYC #55 - Half Waif, NYC MixCon 2018

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Clearing samples for use in music has become not

only a complicated legal process, but an expensive

one. So what happens when your production depends

on the implantation of “old” sounds?

Taking a chance on not clearing a sample is not always

an option if you want to be sure to you can get your

track out there (or actually make any money on it.) So

why not just take the time to create your own retro samples?

They’ll be yours to own. No legal issues. No funyc

mixcon 2018 - MIXING Tips



Tip #2 How to“Vintagify” Your Own Drum Tracks and Loops

by Mark Marshall

ture conflict. And they’ll be 100% unique to your track.

To help you create even more convincing retro drums,

this article goes through some failsafe steps the author

uses to create convincingly old-sounding samples

for his own productions. You’ll even get to hear

some before-and-afters at the link below.

Here are some quick tips, for the in-depth article go to


1. The most important part of emulating vintage sounds is getting

the instrument and the performance right.

2. Whether you’re recording live instruments, or starting with

sampled ones, keep in mind the sort of drum mic’ing that was

common in that time period - for instance, in the 1950s and early

1960s they didn’t use more than 2-3 mics on the drums (mono

overheads, kick and snare).

3. Tuning also plays a huge role in achieving vintage tones. For

example, the toms were often higher pitched and more open

than what a lot of modern drummers expect.

4. After you have a good drum balance happening, put a classic

compressor on the drum bus, like the UAD Fairchild 670 or

660. A little compression will do. We’re not just looking for dynamic

range control here, rather, the vintage flavor that specific

compressor adds.

5. Using plugins like UAD Studer A800, try to recreate the hiss

produced by the bouncing of tracks engineers were forced to

adopt in the years preceding multi-track tape machines - it’s

part of the vintage character.

6. Once you have the main sound down, try swapping samples

for kick and snare to see if they produce results that work better

in your song, but remember: the overhead is the star here.

Compressor plug-ins like the UAD Fairchild 670

or 660 [top] add vintage flavor to drums, while

tape emulators like the Studer A800 [bottom] add

tape hiss similar to the one heard in recordings

from the ’50s and ’60s.

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