How the sound of 80’s music was born

Even if you’ve never heard the term “reverb drum,” you’ve heard the effect itself in just about every ’80s song to top the charts.

Phil Collins was playing drums for Peter Gabriel’s album, “The Intruder,” when a mic hung in the studio specifically to speak to the musicians caught the sound of him playing.

As producer explained to Music Radar:
When Phil was playing the drums one day, I opened this microphone to speak to him to hear what he was saying while he was still playing the drums and out came the most unbelievable sound. Everyone went, ‘oh my god’, that sounds incredible. So we go okay, that was the compression on the mic. Then we had the compressors and noise gates in each channel so I said okay, let’s put up some room mics, listen to the drums through those and compress them…

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