WTF is summing

Discussion in 'Summing / Mastering consoles' started by v3gaS, Aug 8, 2004.

  1. v3gaS

    v3gaS Guest

    Yes start throwing things at me now.

    Did I say I am new to PT LE and recording?

    I keep seeing all this "summing" talk here.

    What the hell is it exactly? What is it used for? Why would you use it?
  2. iznogood

    iznogood Member

    Feb 9, 2004
    my mom says: there are no stupid questions.... only stupid answers

    summing is simply mixing signals together to eg. stereo

    it can be done in the protools mixer .... an external mixer .... or a dedicated external summing mixer that does nothing more than adding all the signals together.....

    alot of talk has been about the dedicated summing mixers as they can make a protools mix sound better than summing digitally (protools)....

    and remember.... we're all here to learn
  3. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    77 Sunset Lane.
    Summing can also be mixing two or more channels or tracks to one or more channels, tracks or sub mix bus's ..

    Mixers all have summing amplifiers .. that combine the signals of many channels into one. An aux is a summing is the 2 mix (stereo master) or a sub. Any time you are adding two or more signals together, you are summing ... just like in arithmetic..
  4. frob

    frob Well-Known Member

    Apr 23, 2004
    summing can have negitive effects as well. usualy assosiated with budget equipment, if you say use the same compressor with the same settings over and over and over on every track and then on the mixed master that pleasant litle 2Khz hump in the freaquency resonce will really start to stand out.

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