Did This Plugin Just Make Drum Sample Replacement Obsolete?

As I’m sure you’re well aware, Glenn Fricker hates drum replacement. He thinks of it as a weak cop-out for bad drummers and wimpy engineers to claim someone else’s sound as their own. I personally disagree to an extent, and I’ll be going more into that in the future, but I do think its overuse is widespread. Many lazy engineers use them instead of getting great source tones, replacing their own sounds altogether rather than blending them for greater impact while retaining a natural sound.


Well, Glenn seems to think that those days are behind us, and now we can have our cake and eat it too with the Drum Leveler from SoundRadix. It’s more than a compressor or limiter – it analyzes the waveform and contours all the hits to be whatever level you desire and is supposedly extremely transparent. It also includes a number of other built-in features such as a gate and sidechain to make it your all-in-one drum dynamics processing plug-in.

If you’re as curious as I am about whether or not these claims are accurate, check out this video for the evidence:

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As Editor-in-Chief of Gear Gods, I've been feeding your sick instrument fetishism and trying unsuccessfully to hide my own since 2013. I studied music on both coasts (Berklee and SSU) and now I'm just trying to put my degree to some use. That's a music degree, not an English one. I'm sure you noticed.

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