Mix Engines in DAW's

Discussion in 'Computing' started by Ammitsboel, Sep 3, 2004.

  1. Ammitsboel

    Ammitsboel Member

    Aug 12, 2003
    Some questions that I'm dealing with lately is why mixer engines is so different in DAW programs.
    Some sound grainy and like they have no depth and others sound better...

    Do anyone in here know if PT LE has the same mixer engine as PT TDM or HD soundwise? or does it not sound as good as the bigger systems?

    And we are only talking about mixing here, not tracking and other things.

    Best Regards,
  2. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Well-Known Member

    Apr 7, 2001
    There are several factors here...
    One is the converters you are using..second is the machine you are using and third is indeed the audio engine within the application.

    Pro Tools by history has always had their own sound...very mid rangy and not too bright. Lack of stereo imaging as well. This has a great deal to do with their interfaces. The newer HD systems are not as bad as the Mix systems were but still lacks some of the stereo imaging compared to better designed converters.

    One thing to mention here is that it's more in the way that the mix is bounced down or exported. To be honest I never use the internal mixing/bounce down feature of any audio application. I do my mixes in the system then record them in real time to my laptop.

    When you hit render/bounce down or export audio mixdown you truly do not know what is going on with the mathematical process. Even if you are listening to a real time bounce...don't trust what you can not see or hear basically.

    I've AB'd mixes that were recorded externally vs internally mixed down and there is a huge difference!

    Anyhue, back to the question at hand here...yes, each application has their own sound and you will get everyone saying that their application sounds better.

    From my experience, I've listened to most of these apps and I have to say Samplitude actually sounds really nice..the drawback to that application is that it's rather confusing to use unless it's the first and only app you've used!

    Cubase/Nuendo is right below it then Pro Tools.

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