Any of you do this?
In a very nutshell kind of way, I'm talking about creating a sound space in the rhythm track for the leads to occupy, and then eq-ing it back in when the lead is over. The [VIDEO]http://www.amazon.com/ReaMix-Breaking-Barriers-Geoffrey-Francis/dp/B00262OUP6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1321397590&sr=8-1]ReaMix book[/VIDEO] (that everyone should own) talks a lot about assigning space for individual instruments, and I'm having some pretty good results with it.
Right now, the way I mix (again, speaking generally) is that I'll try to find the sweet spot for the lead EQ, and put a small 2-3db cut in the rhythm EQ there (and sometimes boost the lead bus).
That way, the when the lead comes in, and say I like it at 500hz, if I boost 500hz on the lead bus and cut a few dB on the rhythm bus, it makes the lead "pop" just enough so that your ear focuses on it. What I haven't been doing is adding that range back into the rhythm bus (or wherever else I take it out of) when the lead is over.
Anyone tried this? It seems like a pretty solid concept, and might be an obvious thing for people who are better that this than I am (which isn't saying much ), but I think it's a neat idea.
Pic is from ReaMix - basically each instrument has it's own defined space (not entirely, but enough) so that they aren't all stepping on each other. (That's with panning, but use your imagination. )
This thread is relevant to my interests. But mostly because I haven't even figured out how to use automation.