I picked up a book on mixing the other day, Bobby Owsinski's "Mixing Engineer's Handbook
" and just flipping through it, I highly recommend it for the sheer amount of plain english info alone. Mixing has always kinda been my own weak spot and this book looks to help out a lot with that.
Anyway, there's a tip/trick in here based on what the book describes as one of the three main mixing styles. According to the book, these days, most music is mixed in one of these three styles: New York, LA, London. That's interesting in and of itself, but covers several pages in the book and too long to go over here really.
The trick is as follows (and I have a Live-related question):
1. Buss the drums, and maybe even the bass, to a stereo compressor.
2. Hit the compressor fairly hard - at least 10db or more if it sounds good.
3. Return the output of the compressor to a pair of fader inputs on the console or two additional channels in your DAW.
4. Add a pretty good amount of high end (6 to 10db at 10khz or so) and low end (6 to 10db at 100hz or so) to the compressed signal.
5. Then bring up the fader levels o f the compressor until it's tucked just under the present rhythm section mix to where you can just hear it.
The rhythmic section then sounds bigger and more controlled without sound overly compressed.
I gave it all a try, but not quite sure I'm doing it right. So, from what I can figure out, the "buss" in Live is just another audio track, yes? Or is that a return track? So just dump all the outs of the drums/bass to that and then turn the "in" of that track (with a compressor on it) on? Then from there, send that audio to yet another empty audio track (or two of them as the tip says - not sure why two vs. just one)?