Sometimes adding a bit of distortion can really help your drums pop out of a mix. I like to use Soundtoys Decapitator quite a bit. It can be a game changer on the snare drum. I also like to use it on parallel compression chain. I will send the kick and snare to a bus compress them 3-4 DB with an API 2500 and then send it to the Decapitator. It can really bring your drums to life. Check out how I do it in the video below.
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