Does your drums sound boxy or cardboard’ish? No problem. Use EQ to cut 400Hz area and voilà – instant improvement. Some of you probably already knew how to handle this issue, but I thought it was important to bring out this as the enhancement is usually quite significant and easy to accomplish.
How much to cut and how wide Q or bandwidth you should use is up to the material you have (and up to your ears), but here’s a live example: it’s one of my own drum sequences and I’m using Fruity Parametric EQ 2 and peaking filter with a bandwidth of 40% and -5dB cut.
Here’s the original beat (without the 400Hz cut):
And here’s WITH the 400Hz cut: