I need to re-think how I use these channels. Specifically, what drums and how much signal you send to them. I was near the end of a mix and spotted that some drums aren’t sending to some of these channels and I thought they were.
Beyond the standard 3 ambient mics, the character mics (Side kit, FX and Trash) for Horsepower need a re-examination as well. I took a moment to actually see what those extra mics are doing (found that info only on the FXpansion site btw). Now I’m in the process of going over the whole kit and making sure I know what drums I want going to these channels and how much. Hopefully I won’t completely destroy my mix. I’ve already mixed and added automation in my DAW.
TL;DR: Don’t underestimate the power of the the ambient mic channels and how much of the kit you send to them.
If anyone would like to share their tips and mindset in this regard, I’d love to hear from you.