Just wondering what you think is best practice and why here. So, I’ve been trying to decide which is best from these two options:
Create and mix your track without Heat, then add it in to get that final polish usually in a much subtler way than doing Option 2…
Have Heat on the master from the get-go, pushing things how you want them with the Heat being an integral part of the sound
I’ve been doing a bit of both but it’s hard to decide which is optimal due to the fact that A/B testing is quite difficult to pull off in an unbiased fashion. So, what do you think is best? Option 2 is great but as soon as Heat is disengaged, the original track sounds a little wack compared to what’s achieved with Option 1. However, with Option 1, it’s harder to push the bass into pleasing distortion without the hats also being pushed way too hard, for example, whereas the hats are usually lower in the first place when going for Option 2. Help!