MIX HACK: Signature Series plugins. Drums (and bass guitar) are the foundation of a great mix. The aim here is to help you handle any drums that come at you; sometimes, drums are recorded quite badly, or out of step with the rest of the tune. Mixing Live Drums: EQ, Compression & Gating. by Kade Young. If the drums aren’t right, the mix lacks energy and loses its impact. That’s why I thought it would be beneficial to break down two techniques for mixing live drums, delving deeply into their steps, but also cover why we might employ one over the other. With all the signal processing available to us (EQ, compression and gating), it is easy to get overwhelmed. Share. Applying EQ, compression, dynamics processing and effects for drum mics can be a lot of work.