When mixing drum machines or drum samples, try using a very short early reflection reverb program to simulate overhead mics. Make sure the diffusion parameter is not set too high. You want a good attack, not a smeared sound. Adding this type of reverb will greatly improve your drum kit’s depth. Also, don’t be afraid to experiment with EQ on the reverb to simulate different surface textures.
John Albani is a guitarist and producer/engineer who owns Landshark Studio in Toronto.