12/22/2010 8:56 AM
Do you mix “in the box,” or do you use an outboard console with your DAW?
What are the advantages of your setup?
DBXXL: I mix
100% in the box,
but I do want to
invest in getting
emulate all you
want, you will
never get the same sound that hardware can provide.
My main reasoning is budget: I make a living
as a pro musician, but I am not rich, so just through
necessity I have had to be in the box, though I do
have some outboard gear.
Never in the
box. Pushing all
out just to converters,
lose fidelity; it
and has lack of depth, even with the best converters.
I may sub-mix some items in-box, but send it all
through analog summing or a mixer. I use a DAW
for automation, plus hardware, and it still sounds
better than 80% of plug-ins available. Don't get me
wrong, I love what I can now do in-box with plugins,
but I mix big sounds and in-box can't cut it.
Doug Osborne: Almost every mix is a hybrid
of some sort. At the very least, some tracks
and buses go out to analog gear. A competent
engineer can get great sound from an in-thebox
mix. An incompetent engineer can make
the best recording into a bad mix. This is the
future, deal with it!