I always recommend keeping things simple.
Using subgroups in a mix can be a big help there.
This means routing the different elements of the mix into sub-mix buses instead of having everything go straight to the master output.
For drum&bass or dubstep music, start by splitting the mix in just three subgroups:
- the drums
- the bass
- the rest
Adjust this setup to suit your individual needs. There are no rules here.
Using subgroups gives you an additional stage where you can add final EQ, compression or other processing before everything goes to master. You will also be able to adjust the levels even if you have volume automation going on the indivudual tracks, or even automate the subgroups themselves.
It doesn’t end there though! Some more advanced techniques you can utilize with subgroups include:
- parallel compression
Even the simpliest mix projects can usually benefit from the use of subgroups, so get practicing!