Depending on your musical background, you may or may not be using pads in your recordings. If you’re like me (a vocalist and guitarist) then you tend to focus on the “band” instruments. You get it all recorded and then sit back to mix.

The Missing Ingredient

But what I’ve noticed over the years is just how much my mixes can usually benefit from a pad or string patch of some kind at an epic part of the song. It’s typically a subtle part, but it becomes that missing ingredient that opens up a song and breathes life into my mix.