I am trying to improve my mixing techniques. I was mixing some live drums in a project and was trying to give the kick and snare an optimal sound and increased presence in the mix. I watched a few YouTube videos on this and while some video hosts believed that using Cubase’s built in plug- ins such as Slate Digital and Brainworx worked best, others said that duplicating the drum tracks and then changing the polarity of one track to offset it’s counter track with a compressor to control bleeding is a great way to get a better drum sound from live recorded drums. While I was watching these videos I was wondering why no one mentioned anything about Cubase’s built in pre-programmed EQ settings? Also, what about the Control Strip? Aren’t these the best and easiest ways to enhance the drum sounds since these settings have been carefully tweaked to bring out the best sound quality possible. I am aware that the desired drum sounds are highly subjective, and even with that said, how do these built in EQ and channel strip settings in Cubase 12 compare to the built in plug-ins? And what about some fairly complex methods that I have seen in other videos? Don’t these pre- programmed settings save time? Isn’t that is what they are there for? Or are those settings not as good in quality as a very detailed manual methods? I know that a great kick sound and snare sound are essential for a great mix. Does anyone have a strong opinion one way or the other?
Thanks for your expertise!