Originally Posted by ace20019
It's a compression thing.... You'll hear it on a lot of songs where the intro doesn't start with the drums.... Drums kick in and hit the compressor threshold so everything else gets turned down.... In a lot of cases you can barely hear the instrument from the intro..... I always assumed it was laziness on the engineer's part but it seems like it's acceptable now.... I don't recall hearing this phenomena in the past though......
Yeah, it's just compression. I often do this by accident on my first mix. You don't have anything hitting the compressor hard so you are not getting much gain reduction, if at all. Simple as that.