After good dynamic playing and good compression is applied, I'm finding that i still want to automate volume a bit on the drum bus. Just up and down 1-2 db as the song evolves. More than that feels unnatural and problematic. But the mixes seem to want this little final tweakage.
I also find that I automate the mix of parallel compression sometimes too (more for big sounding sections), letting that breath a bit as well.
I'm a self-taught amateur (well semi-pro insofar as I release the end product).
Does this practice make sense to you? do you do it? or am I insane and an embarrassment to all things GS?
PS: Whoever the slut was who suggested a Pultec after a 33906 on the drum bus is my hero!
Yeah, there are no rules. I did a project recently where on some songs we had the drummer record his parts on two different kits with completely different micing set ups. In the mix we cut between the different kits for different parts of the song. That required a fair amount of drum automation to make it sit right without being weird (bus and individual).
It didn't hurt that the drummer was really tight and had his parts memorized note for note. He didn't listen to the originally played part and was still dead on on a lot of it if you listened to both kits at the same time.
Anyway, automate whatever needs it, that's what makes a fun mix!