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Mixing to cd

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by raybrauer, Nov 5, 2003.

  1. raybrauer

    raybrauer Guest

    Hi, I did a search of the forums, but I couldn't find anything to help me out, so any advice would be appreciated.

    I'm curious what are the pros & cons for mixing down straight to a cd-burner if I am recording in analog.

    I record singer-songwriter type acoustic music on a Tascam 388, and when I do my mixes, I mix down to a stand-alone component cd-burner.

    Would I better off mixing down to another 1/4" or 1/2" tape machine, and then burn a cd, or will there be much of a difference with the added step.

  2. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Well-Known Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    77 Sunset Lane.
    In your situation, mixing directly to the CDr is probably going to yeild the best results. An additional analog tape stage will most likely just add more tape noise. Perhaps you should try both and go with what sounds best to you.
  3. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2001
    Silicon Valley
    The thing with CD-R mixdown is that it can be unreliable. Most, if not all CD-R recorders I have encountered don't read or rather don't monitor off the CD-R, they monitor the input signal. So if there is a problem burning and/or the blank CD-R has defects or turns into a coaster, you won't know about it until way after the mix is done. I use CD-R as a mixdown and usually don't have a problem, but I have had problems in the past and I will never again rely on it as a sole method to capture a mix. I use two CD recorders, DAT, cassette, and 15-IPS R2R. The cassette and R2R are more for my reference.
  4. launchpad67a

    launchpad67a Guest

    Hi Ray,
    Does that Tascam have an "optical out" ?? If it does, I recommend mixing right to cd. This is the way I do all my stuff and it works great every time.
    As the guys said, you can encounter problems with anything you use so just see what works best for you. An optical out will give you a perfect digital transfer however!

  5. raybrauer

    raybrauer Guest

    Thanks ya'll.

    I'm still pretty green at all this, and I've read quite about different formats for mixing down, bur rarely do I read about using a cd-burner.

    Thanks again for the advice.
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