Part of having a great mix is keeping the energy and dynamic interesting from section to section. One simple way to do that in the chorus or bridge of your song is to simply automate a volume boost on the drum overhead mics. The increase in cymbal wash and overall kit presence brings an edge of energy and excitement to the mix.

Change The Balance To Change The Energy

All we are doing by automating a volume change on the drum overhead tracks is changing the balance among the drum mics. You already have the balance set where you like it, but this small change in balance (in the chorus let’s say) can completely change the energy of the track. No plugins needed!