« on: July 23, 2015, 04:57:57 PM »
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Forrest do you use your mixer and FX just as a front end to the daw and mix in the daw or do you come back out and use the mixer to mix, so to speak. Im using the old school model as best I know it where the tracks were laid down through the desk to tape, they were then pulled up across the console and "mixed" and then sent to 2 track tape ready for mastering. Im curious as the lore of AD conversion stands its best not to convert back to analog once in the box.
I generally use the analog mixer at the front end to "wet" the signal while playing live before sending it into the DAW. I then add some plugins to alter the signal before adjusting the volume within each channel and rendering it to a stereo mix within the DAW. I prefer shaping my own "automated" mixing curves within the DAW over live mixing, because I can spend more time on individual subsections of a piece without having to remix the whole piece.
The only exception I've made to this approach is that when I record as Sans Serif, I often start with digital files that have already been processed or edited, then feed that into the analog mixer using outboard effects, with the results mostly being recorded in analog into a DAT in real-time. I think that because of this, many of the Sans Serif pieces have more an improvisational flavor to them.
These days, I use a Mackie mixer with additional outboard effects before going into my laptop to record. It adds an element of noise, I know, but I find it more interesting to use options from both worlds and combine them.
Steve Roach uses the computer pretty much just as an audio recorder with some processing.
I think most of the better stand alone multi-track recorders have been discontinued, most of the ones I see now are really extended field recorders. I know Mackie and Alesis made 24 track hard-disc recorders like this one, that you can pick up used really cheap now:
Of course the big daddy pro one is the IZ Technology Radar that is still being made today:
First of all thanks for the compliment on Seed Julio, and second I agree with Mike, great post!
I just upgraded my headphones to the new Audio Technicha ATH-M70x and all I can say is WOW! The clarity is stunning. The low end may seem shy to some, but its really more that it is not exaggerated like some headphones.
Great post, Julio. I love reading this kind of stuff.
I've been considering for a while that I have several pairs of very good headphones, but no great ones. Maybe instead of multiple $200-400 headphones I should try something really high-end. We shall see...