Should I remain in Digital?

Discussion in 'Mastering' started by MMH, Jul 1, 2005.

  1. MMH

    MMH Guest

    I will be working on a live recording done on Cubase (@48k -24 bit) with a Mutu sound card (24 I/O). I did not record it.

    I can book 3 different studios and either mix it in Protools HD2 or HD3 or SSL. The price difference is minimal. I would go for the SSL.
    My plan is to connect the sound card output to the tape in of the SSL and use SSL and outboard gear to process the mix and use automation from cubase.

    I just don’t know, if having all 24 tracks in digital already, I should rather stay there, import everything in Protools and mix there.

    I would like to hear others opinion on it


  2. TrilliumSound

    TrilliumSound Active Member

    I would suggest to go for the way you are the most experienced with. Where do you usually mix, room, monitors, board/daw, gear. The mixing engineer with its well known tools, gear and environment will do the Best job imo.
  3. MMH

    MMH Guest


    You said something very true and wise.

    I don't have an envirement which I can call my own yet, I have moved much in my young career, therefore whichever studio I will choose for this project it will be my first visit in it.

    I tend to beleve that analoge gets me there quicker, but recently I have worked much on Protools.


  4. TrilliumSound

    TrilliumSound Active Member

    I understand what you are saying. If you mix in the box, will you use the plugins that you know?

    It would scare me if I had to do a mix somewhere that I have never been, for me it would be like painting a room's walls with my eyes closed... I know how to paint but I need to see what I do. Even with the best Paint brush, paint, pan etc... I still need to see what I am doing.

    Ok, let's get back to the subject; If you go for decent analog gear (that you know :wink: ) make sure you will have great DA / AD 's at your disposal to proceed otherwise, I would stay in the digital world with the best plugs you can get.

    Best of luck!

  5. Michael Fossenkemper

    Michael Fossenkemper Distinguished past mastering moderator Well-Known Member

    If it were me, I'd go analog. But that's me.
  6. MMH

    MMH Guest

  7. mixandmaster

    mixandmaster Active Member

    If it were me, I'd do it on other the style of music, the monitors in the different studios, the acoustics of the studios, outboard gear (tape?), the condition of the gear, the way the studios treat their clients, etc. And not necessarily in that order.

    You should be able to do a good job in either format - so the other factors make as much if not more difference.

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