I have had MAJOR problems with this in the past, and I agree with Ernest...it is down to the drummer, and not much else.
I was hired to "produce" and engineer an album two summers back. This band was a punk / pop band, and the drummer has little control over dynamics and the relationship of volume between pieces of his kit.
To compound this, he was not used to playing to a metronome, so when the take would start, he would be concentrating so hard on staying on time, that his dynamics would further go out the window.
This band had just come from working at a "well known" Chicago studio, and the way they dealt with it there, was to place mics on the floor basically, along with the overheads, and apparently he also de-essed the oh's at mix time. I guess they used mostly the floor mics, I dunno.
They obviously had the same problem I was about to have.
One of the complaints from the band when they contacted me to book time, was that their hi hat and cymbals were too loud in the other studio'sl mixes. To this, I tried to stress the fact that it wasn't anything that the other studio did, but rather all on the drummer and his technique.
I was told the drummer understood this, and would try and correct the problem when he came in by playing the cymbals and hat with more restraint, and softer. Also, I suggested keeping the volume of the drums UP relative to the cymbals, as this really helps in this kind of music, and most others as well.
Beat the crap outta the drums, play the cymbals and hat, soft, to medium velocity etc. Makes an easy Rock mix.
Well, long story short, there was a HUGE blow up that night, merely from the fact that I mentioned he was hitting the hat too damn hard. He was bashing this thing so freaking hard, that he had his headphone amp basically cranked, and could not hear himself from the bleed of ambient hat into the cans.
He kept saying "I can't hear." I go out, put the phones on, and sure enough, the hat was so loud in the room, I couldn't hear anything else in the phones. I took the phones off, and it nearly blew my head off. This was one of those big vented Zildjian hats. I had never seen / heard anything this bad before. I checked all my gain staging to the monitor mix etc., all normal. Just an UNGODLY loud hi hat from the abyss.
It was so loud, I couldn't get the phones over the ambient noise without ditortion. Wasn't happening.
I pointed out that he should maybe not play the hat so hard, and the guy just flew off the handle, locked up, and played even worse IMO.
I mean literally got ANGRY as hell. Some nasty things were said, and I was kinda taken aback honestly.
Worked a few more sessions with them, and now they are "doing it themselves". I actually was relieved, because I had no idea what I was going to do this crap at mix time. We just did not see eye to eye on much of anything regarding production at all.
I would say in a situation like this, the drummer needs to absolutely know how to mix themselves, and on top of that, working on a record is a "team event". Sounds cheesy, but whatever.
If the drummer cannot take criticism, and cannot adjust his playing to what's best for the record, it is a lost cause. They certainly have no reason to hire someone to produce them, if they are not going to listen to any comments regarding performance.
I have only run into this scenario once in almost 20 years...at least to this degree. Dude just went batsh*t nuts attitude wise. I found out later there were other compounding factors I was unaware of, but still, it was ugly.
This kind of stuff should never be an issue in a studio, but sadly it happens every once in a while.
FWIW, most times this happens (it happens a lot with younger drummers), I tell the drummer to maybe "baby" the hat a bit, and not hit it so hard, and problem solved. I try to explain that the hat played open is louder in the OH's than most everything else, and you cannot seperate parts of the kit in the OH mics at mix time, and this does the trick.
I breathe a sigh of relief every time a great drummer comes in, because mixing them is flat out EASY.
IMHO, all of the tips, tricks, band aids etc. will never be as good as the instrument played correctly. I feel like I have tried everything that has been mentioned so far over the years, with better results from some than others. Nothing is "right" to me however, unless the instrument is just plain played "right".
Sorry for the long post, partly venting to people who might understand what I went though as well giving my opinion.