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  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. Midlandmorgan

    Midlandmorgan Active Member

    Jul 21, 2002
    Boiling it down for simplicity:

    Q: this is another ITB/OTB question...

    A: Which ever you think sounds better...provided of course the source materials don't need much/any editing to sound good either way.
  3. Costy

    Costy Guest

    Midlandmorgan is right - whichever sounds better for you...
    But it's not a bad aidea to keep in mind a few technical details...

    - If you'd like to toss tracks to 2" remember that track 24 is usually
    for the time-code, some engineers don't use track 23 for avoiding
    screwing up the mentioned time-code. So, you have 22 tracks left.
    If you need more - or go ProTools, or you can sync two tapes (but
    that's a pain in you know what).
    - SSLs sound great. One thing is to remember though while mixing
    with it - recalling is hassle and such a waist of time. May cost you
    if you are not careful.
  4. sheet

    sheet Well-Known Member

    May 28, 2003
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    Well, I think that the phrase SSLs sound great is kind of misleading.

    Straight out of the factory, some SSL's were great, some were not. Then you have to realize which SSL it is and if it has been properly maintained. So a blanket statement is dangerous.

    Many big eared, highly paid engineers say that they cannot hear a difference in ITB or OTB mixes once mastered and manufactured. It is all in the engineer. In many cases, when engineers base the records sonic success on technology or topology, then they should hang it up. Too many excellent records were made on tape and then ADATs.

    If you are going to use the automation in Cubase, then it really doesn't matter anyway. Anything that you think you're gaining by another D/A and then A/D stage by the SSL (and then all of the other A/D and D/A processes in the outboard DSP) will be moot and eclipsed by the decimation in Cubase.
  5. MMH

    MMH Guest


    If I use SSL I am not planning to damp the track onto 2". I will purely use the SSL for its sound, I will automate in whichever program they used to record, but do no processing otherwise in the computer.

    I know I have asked one of those questions only I can answer

    Thanks anyway



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