Pro Audio Experts on the Benifits of Analog Summing
What is Stem Mixing and How Can it Help Me?
From the "TapeOp Tutorials" January 15, 2012.
But still, I've never heard anybody say, "I mix in the box because it sounds better." Never. -JB
You've just finished the mix of a song and printed it to tape or back into your DAW. You spent hours getting everything just perfect with your analog outboard gear and console. If you tried to write the settings down for every knob it would take several hours and the chances of getting it all patched in again and "recalling" the mix exactly is pretty slim. The band is stoked and so is the producer. You're a hero. Everybody wants to take you out for drinks but you tell them to go ahead and you'll catch up with them in about an hour. Once the band leaves, you start printing the stems of the mix.
This article will present a way to mix in the analog realm, while allowing for balance changes after you're done with the console and outboard units. Anyone who's spent time mixing through a console with a bunch of outboard equipment knows how frustrating it is to get the call, "We love it, but we have to turn up the ____ or we can't use the mix."
When we (John and Larry) first started working in recording studios, everything we multitracked was on analog tape and the concept of recording into a computer was way off in the future. The usual process of making a record involved tracking to a master tape, and then mixing down the tracks to a stereo tape recorder. Multitrack tape to mixer to 2-track tape. Simple. You would sit down at the console, balance the tracks to stereo, and if you deemed the mixes unsatisfactory you would repeat the process.
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Commentary: The Importance Of
Analog Summing For Studio Mixing
from the Lazy Tech Guys website
There is an argument within music production today, mixing in the box or out of the box. In other words, should we mix using the stereo mix of our Digital Audio Workstation, DAW, or mix through an analog mixer. Most have chose to record within computers since the editing and features are extremely useful, while some still hold on to the classic 2-inch reel-to-reel tapes. Summing Amplifiers were introduced as the solution to bring back the original sound of analog that we’ve grown accustomed to hearing as well as keeping the benefits of using a DAW.
The list of advantages of computer recording over traditional analog recording is enormous. Everything from the editing, mobility, effects, automation and more. The ability to work on a song, save it and return to it at a later time with no degradation or change to the sound or mix is fantastic.
The sound quality of digital is a subject of debate, though. Analog recorders are still hailed for their warm and rich sound, a far cry different from the sounds of digital which some consider thin and flat.
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Analog Summing Explained
What Others Are Saying About Analog Summing