You've probably heard all about the amazing things compression can do for your mix. Add punch, tame peaks, increase the average volume, impart tone, glue a sub-mix etc. But why do producers compress their drums and when should you do it?
No tool is more important than EQ when making a mix. EQs allow you to carve volume away from select frequencies of a sound in order to make room for the other sounds in your song. Having a clean mix means that every element in your track has its own place and can be distinguished from the other elements in the song. Of course there are other mixing tools producers use to achieve clean mixes but every sound is comprised of frequencies and if you can get those straight your mixes will really shine. Try applying these EQ tools to take your mix to the next level.
Have you ever been working on your mix and a certain element just won't fit? Despite your best efforts, with gain staging, EQ, compression, phase-correction, or other effects, a certain sound falls out of the mix. What's the best course of action when all else fails? The answer is simple, change the element(s) that is/are causing the problem. One cleaver function in Ableton makes changing a given sound for another almost painless, "Hotswap."
Maybe you use return tracks, maybe you don't. In the mixing environment of a DAW sends and returns can seem anachronistic. Nonetheless there are great reasons to use return tracks. In this article we will talk about how you can use return tracks to improve your mix and when it may be better to use a different method of processing.
When I make songs I almost use all the same insert effects on every track. The settings will be different depending on the nature of the sounds but I tend to use the same key effects. In order to save time while loading up the same effects I saved a default Channel Strip as an Effect Rack and mapped the macros of features I use regularly. My default Channel Strip consists of a Utility, an EQ Eight, a Glue Compressor and a Limiter.