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How do analog mixers work with ProTools?

Discussion in 'Pro Tools' started by RockHK, Sep 17, 2007.

  1. RockHK

    RockHK Member

    Hello all,

    This is a general question about big studios that tend to use analog mixers (SSL or Neve) with a Protools HD system. Having mainly learnt how to record and program entirely within a DAW, this aspect of studio rigging and operating is quite foreign territory to me. Basically, I was quite interested to know how those huge analog mixing boards that well known studios use in the main or "Studio A" rooms generally work when using a ProTools rig as a recorder.

    So do these analog mixing consoles generally handle the front line of any input signal that gets processed by that mixer's channel strip plus any other possible outboard gear, which then in turn gets routed via the 'output' of that channel strip into the ProTools converters and finally into the computer?

    How about the mixing process when using these analog mixers? Do the recorded tracks from ProTools get fed back via the ProTools HD outputs into another set of channels of the analog mixer where you can do your final mixing touches/automation/recall? Then after mixing, do these final mixing automations on the analog mixer have to get routed back into ProTools for final individual track bouncing and eventual stereo mix down in ProTools?

    If recording using this kind of method and ProTools, would using a 'digital mixer' bring any advantages/disadvantages as opposed to an 'analog mixer' in this case?

    I'm actually just doing guess work here so I could be way way off base on my assumptions, so I will appreciate any feedback! Thanks for your help!
     
  2. TheBear

    TheBear Guest

    from what i know. which isnt a whole lot but ive had some experience with the ssl g series 4064. ssl boards are compatible and integrate with protools. and automation and shtuff can be programmed via ssl. it has its own basically on board computer. which can program and store fades and recalls, etc. but using digtial mixers compared to analog mixers...thats a tough debate. people say they hear the difference others say they dont. with me...i lik the feel the of actually tweeking ssl eq's and compressors. with me id rather have the real thing than a program modeled after it.

    but its my own opinion.

    but you can read up more on it on ssls website

    solid-state-logic.com
     
  3. BRH

    BRH Active Member

    http://www.digidesign.com/index.cfm?langid=100&navid=49&itemid=25669
     

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