There are a few things that have really made a difference to my tunes when i found them out and im sure there are a lot that im still missing. So, i thought we could all post our favourite little tricks here to push us all forward a bit! Here are some things that do it for me (feel free to correct me if you think these do more harm than good!) : - Low cut everything except the kick and bass (unless in a breakdown when you might want big bassy sounds). Put the low cut on the bottom rung of the effects under all plugins. To find naughty sounds, mute the kick and bass and listen to your tune, lightly touch the side of your speaker (mid port, the large bit) if it vibrates, low cut that sound and turn it up to taste! This leaves the kick and bass the low end to fly along in. -Distortion on the hi-hats gives em bite and crunch. -Put reverb on everything except the kick and bass. even if its just the tiniest amount it gives the sound a place to exist in and thus a sense of space to your tune. - There are pretty much always some dodgy fequencies around 170 hz (between160-190hz), get rid of them, there fluffy :no: -Use drum loops and phatmatic pro/recycle. pro drummers will probably always be better than some dude typing in midi. - Think about the placement of your effects. e.g. - if you eq a sound and then put a compressor, the eq will no longer be doing its job properly cause the compressor will undo the eq settings by making bits you made quiter in the eq, louder through the comp. if you put the eq after the compressor the final sound will be how you eq'd it. - use a limiter to slice off the top of your sounds to get it flat so you can normalise it, thus making it louder (you must be very carefull as this can seriously effect the sound. apply very small amounts of limiting) cant think of any more now... would love to hear some ideas from you lot!