Since 1978, the Even Mix drum mixer has been the industry standard for drum machines. The challenge has always been getting the sound right and matching what is recorded on the drum itself. In other words, if you want the overall sound of the track to match the pre-recorded drums, you can’t have one mix that matches the other mix.
This is where Even was at a disadvantage against all other drum machines. This is where the breakthrough in drum mixing took place. It wasn’t long before companies were willing to pay big money to get the Even “specialists” to re-engineer their original drum tracks.
While the competition used it, they could only dream about what the professionals were able to do with digital technology. New firmware was released and new ways of inserting and deleting sounds became available that were difficult and expensive to achieve without expert help.
The breakthrough in drum mixing came when the Even engineers began looking at drum tracks in new ways. A lot of the time, the drum tracks were getting everything wrong and the head mics were having no effect. Rather than re-record a song or take it out of the set for a better recording, engineers decided that instead of rewriting the song again, it would be more beneficial to use the sound from an existing song as the starting point for the new drum track.
There is another technical innovation that had nothing to do with the sampler machine or plug-ins. You might not even realize it, but the success of the breakthrough in drum mixing has everything to do with a component of the drum kit that has been called the “Pan/Snare” unit. For years, the pan/snare was the part of the kit that had the most trouble because it was the only part of the kit that could not be adjusted when the drum was in play mode.
This meant that for the most part, you didn’t need a foot pedal to control the drums. The problem was solved by engineering the Pan/Snare drum to be exactly in the center of the track and then adjusting the position so that the drum could be moved in relation to the vocal tracks or other instruments. The introduction of the NewWave and SnapBridge components made this possible.
While this innovation was the result of collaboration between engineers, it was actually the result of a new type of audio interface being created by a company in New Zealand. That company had developed a type of audio interface that was capable of running high-quality professional applications and plug-ins from different manufacturers and brands.
With that kind of compatibility, the breakthrough in drum mixing reached the market with nearly any application imaginable. As long as it could be opened with a certain type of input, it could be plugged into the same exact audio interface and become the foundation for any production process.