Drums are often my favorite things to program in a song. They set the groove and tone for the rest of the creation. No matter what “style” of music you’re creating, having a solid kick and clap/snare will always get you far. Any extra percussion or FX sounds can be added at your own discretion, but it will depend on your artistic preferences and genre. Here are some things to consider while programming drums.
-While EQing kick drums, usually stay within 50-125Hz for any adjustments in “fatness.”
-While EQing snares/claps for “fatness” or heavier “attack,” usually stay within 1-2kHz
-Be aware of “phasing” when stacking multiple sounds together...
Depending on the frequencies they occupy, or their placement on the grid, your layered sounds can end up cancelling each other out despite all of your efforts.
-Compression/sidechaining can always be a helpful factor when you want a kick or snare to cut more in your mix