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Basic submix question

Discussion in 'Recording' started by lboiv001, Mar 12, 2009.

  1. lboiv001

    lboiv001 Guest

    I have Pro Tools LE mPowered 7.3 on a capable PC and have a few basic questions I could use some help on a few things...

    A: I have a very weak grasp on the whole AUX track and BUS concept. Would anyone be willing to tell me how to group let's say...3 tracks of vocals together in a submix by telling me step-by-step EXACTLY what to enter into the inputs/sends/outputs of the individual tracks?

    I have a basic understanding of what is supposed to occur, but I need to be able to perform the steps at least one time so I can see the results.

    I am not asking for lengthy explanations, as that would be too much to ask for ppl that have better things to do with their time than helping a poor old newbie like myself! I would be happy with just the step-by-step if it is not asking too much.

    I thank anyone who takes the time to help me very much in advance. I have seen some fantastic, intelligent advice on this site!

    Thanks again!
  2. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Guest

    Sep 26, 2005
    If you are running ProTools, why do you need to group anything together? Are you going beyond 32 tracks? This would be applicable if you wanted to take those three vocal tracks & bounce to a single track. Why? You can do everything at once, in real-time. That's what ProTools is designed to do. You are sort of thinking in analog console/analog recording mode.

    Aux outputs are for sending to ancillary effects.

    Bus outputs are for items grouped together such as your stereo bus for mixing.

    Asking for step-by-step with a question like "how do I record a band" or group 3 vocals together without a specific reason is like saying "Dr., it hurts when I do that". Sorry if that's not the answer you're looking for but specifics really are not possible with your question. It's a bit of a non sequitur. A bit? A lot.

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  3. BDM

    BDM Active Member

    Oct 23, 2008
    Mali, Africa
    1. create an stereo aux track.
    2. set input on this track to bus 1-2 (may be called 'reverb stereo' ...or set it to any other pair of numbers you think are lucky)
    3. set sends on all the vocal tracks to bus 1-2 (or lucky #s)
    4. option/alt click the faders on the sends to set them to zero db.
    5. insert compressor/eq/reverb/delay (not ness. in that order...)on aux track and have fun.


    3.set OUTPUT on vocal tracks to bus 1-2
    4. insert compressor/eq/reverb/delay (not ness. in that order...) or whatever you like on aux track and have fun.

    there are more options with the first approach as you can mix the aux FX to taste with the original tracks etc. etc.
  4. BillSPreston

    BillSPreston Guest

    Hey, man.
    I don't know if you're asking about submixes or groups.

    You can group, say, three vocal tracks together and control them at the same time by shift-clicking on each of the track names and then hitting Command+G. I assume the PC version of this is Control+G or something similar. Make sure you have groups enabled. Label the groups "Vocals 1" or whatever.

    If you want to bounce a group of tracks to one track to save track space or processing power, you'd set up a new track and set its input to bus 1 or another available bus. Then you'd set the buses for each of the vocal tracks to bus 1.

    If you wanted a submix; to basically control, say, all the vocals with one fader, you'd set up a new track and route the outputs of each vocal track to the new track's input.

    Hope that helps.
  5. lboiv001

    lboiv001 Guest

    Sorry about the late reply.

    I just read these responses and will act on them as soon I get home. I appreciate your time very much, for I am sure it will prove to be very helpful. I'll let yu know how it goes....
  6. lboiv001

    lboiv001 Guest

    Also, I should have elaborated earlier....I am attempting to organize harmonies a little better and be able to just add plugin effects in general.

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