bobheads - Walk Into the Fire - mixing drums question
Hi all, here's a track I made a while ago using mostly the Industrial packs IAP sounds from NS2 ( they are great!)
I have a mixing question for those in the community who know a thing or two
This track is made of just synth pads (3 different ones doing different things) which have lovely warm sounds that take up a lot of the frequency spectrum. I don't want to hi-pass them too much because there is no low end synth bass to battle with and the pads' low ends sound great already.
But - the 'massive' drums seem to get lost in the mix. What mixing/producing approaches can you suggest to bring the drums forward without swamping the lovely warmth and/or brightness of the pads? I can consider a sidechain compression on all the pads which would be triggered by the drums, but I don't want the synth pads to have that pumping in-and-out effect. I'm still a newbie at all that stuff so maybe there is a way to do it more subtly.
I'm sure this can be done somehow. I'm a big fan of the Peter Gabriel album sounds circa 1980 (Intruder, Birdy soundtrack) - which has this kind of heavily-processed gated drums - but those albums sound phenomenal, whereas the drums on my track sound swamped by the synths. What's the secret? I want the drums front and clear but I also want the pads surrounding everything and being the main event as well....
I'm wondering if I need to do something like sidechained multiband compressor on the pads, which would only duck the mid-range frequencies of the drums? But I'm not sure how I would achieve that using NS2's internal effects.... as the internal sidechain-able compressor ducks everything, if I understand correctly?
Anyone got an idea about a workaround/ production tricks and tips? Do I need an automated bell filter which ducks the pads mid-frequency on every single drum hit? That seems like a lot of work....!
As always, many many thanks for any input from all of you talented people