Most of the stuff I do involves a 80% or more real drum sound with a touch of samples blended in, perhaps most or all of the kick drum is replaced and some tricks with the snare. Toms may have some tricks done to make them sound good, but are generally the tracked toms that are used. Im interested in hearing what or how most of you go about it. When I say tricks i mean things like one shot samples blended in, multiple snare samples, split kick drum, duplicate tracks and process differently, take samples before session and replace completely, etc. So many ways to accomplish a drum sound, I just thought it would be cool to have a few words from everyone with drum tricks/methods all in one thread. Im sure everyone could learn something cool with all the different styles everyone has. My tip/trick/method I like to use when tracking/mix real drums is: When trying to get a little more low end/power/crack/punch whatever out of a real drum, (or sample), Instead of diving for and eq I like to duplicate the track, remove whats not needed (everything that i wouldnt have boosted) Compress the shit out of it. Now slowly bring the fader in and its almost a separate control for power. This is obviously not a new trick by any means, Nothing more than simple parallel processing/one shot/parallel compression. I just really love how it doesn't make the drum sound "fake" as it would perhaps blending in samples. It makes for a great real drum sound. Hope some people chime in with some cool ideas, it could be a great resource. Cheers.