How do you start your drums mix? What gain structure do you use for you kick and other drum elements ?

Ott responded on 11/14/2012

I start with the kick, then snare followed by hats. Kick is always 0dB VU and my main fader is always at -10dB at the end of the mix.

I have tried running the kick fader at -10dB so the main fader can be at unity gain but it doesn't sound right. I suspect that I am intuitively choosing that structure because my desk sounds good when I overload the main buss by 10dB.

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