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analogue summing question for users using analogue summing

Discussion in 'Summing / Mastering consoles' started by bobbo, Apr 23, 2009.

  1. bobbo

    bobbo Active Member

    Dec 11, 2004
    are you guys using an external recording device, such as a mixdown high quality cd burner or mastering hard drive based device, or just sending the output back into your computer to be recorded to a new stereo track?

    i use an rme interface, which would be suitable for running the stereo mix back into my software for the final bounce, but didn't know if there was a better option to compliment the quality of mixing down via an analog summing setup.
  2. PlatinumSamples

    PlatinumSamples Active Member

    Apr 23, 2009
    Los Angeles
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    When using an SPL Mixdream I tend to use it on sends in Pro Tools and bring it back into Pro Tools and record the final mix to a stereo track inside Pro Tools.

  3. audiokid

    audiokid Chris Staff

    Mar 20, 2000
    BC, Canada
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  4. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Member

    Sep 26, 2005
    Good question. I mix mostly on old analog desk. When I mix in the box, it is all digitally summed. Sometimes when I want THAT sound, even if the project was all in the box, I will feed it through the old Neve and then back in again. This of course requires a digital to analog decode with a reciprocal secondary analog to digital coding again. And for those who still have a old reel to reel recorders sitting around, one might want to take their stereo track to print to the analog stereo deck. It should be in tape monitor output which should then be looped back into your analog inputs on your digital audio interface or digital stereo recorder. The noise from the analog can be dealt with quite easily in the software while enjoying the nonlinear advantages of tape saturation. Some folks on the higher level do something similar to this. Some folks are still mixing to 1/2 inch stereo analog at 30 IPS such as on an Ampex ATR 102 and then back to digital for mastering. But that's a lot of work and most of us are lazy. I know I am.

    Lazy bitch
    Mx. Remy Ann David
  5. planet10

    planet10 Active Member

    Aug 22, 2006
    Chicago area
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    this is what i do for my mixes. from Nuendo thru SSL converters into my Neve console, apply outboard gear on inserts and aux's, mix it, love it, talk to it, and go back in thru the SSL converters in to Nuendo as a stereo 2track .wav file for my mastering engineer. so go for it that way my friend you'll be glad you did and so will the clients.

    @Remy .... you are funny, i wish i could meet you!!
  6. boxcar

    boxcar Active Member

    Jan 14, 2010
    Okanagan,B.C. Canada
    i still do my final mix analog out to a tascam cdrw 2000.
    there's just something about the sound of the tascam that i like.

    i guess i should add that mine is not a commercial studio.i have no clue what's going on in the real world.
  7. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2001
    Silicon Valley
    If the mix is imporant to you, don't limit your self to only one format. I mix back into the DAW, to a CD recorder, 2nd PC or laptop and sometimes even to a Tascam reel-2-reel tape or DAT machine (with external converters)
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