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What bus to take

Discussion in 'Recording' started by strngpkr, Dec 8, 2004.

  1. strngpkr

    strngpkr Guest

    Hi, I'm new to recording. Would someone be kind enough to explain how buses work in mixers? I guess it's the route the sound takes but what about four buses compared to eight buses, etc.?? Thanks, Jim
  2. Massive Mastering

    Massive Mastering Distinguished Member

    Jul 18, 2004
    Chicago area, IL, USA
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    The short story - You can take all your drums, pan them, and assign them to buses 1 and 2 instead of the L/R master bus. You can then EQ or compress them as a group. Or not.

    If you want to turn down the drums, it's a pair of faders (or one stereo fader) instead of a dozen.

    You can also take your "lead" tracks - Lead guitars, vocals, and the like, bus them together and put a single stereo compressor across the bus, as opposed to all of the individual tracks (as you may want all of your "lead" instruments to share a certain feel in the mix).

    The possiblities are truly endless.

    More buses = more endless possiblities.

    Try busing your kick and bass guitar together and compress them a whisker to get the groove working... Martha says it's a good thing. :lol:

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