Analog Vs Digital Brain!
by, 03-22-2012 at 10:33 PM (1237 Views)
For me it is well established that awesome mixes can done digitally and fully analog.
As I wrote in my last blog I am now summing fully digitally but using a boat load of analog gear with in my system.
What Happens to an Analog Guy ITB?
What I am finding is that as I am working ITB more then I was for the last 6 months there are changes to my mixing. I am finding that my mixes are consistently harder fought. They take more time and I don't get a smile on my face nearly as quick. The mixes are very comparable if not better in the end but I am earning my pay check. Some of the issue is that I am mixing songs that were made on the template for my old mixing routine so now in each session I must set up the DAW mixer to function as I need it to. This is fairly extensive. This is not the whole problem.
What are the Differences Between an Analog and Digital Brain?
For me having worked extensively in both realms here is what I am finding this time around. When working on a console from a DAW you add F/X in the DAW send the source out to the console and sum.
Psychologically I've found that there is a huge difference for me. I am using MANY more plugs then I previously had. When working analog you have far fewer choices and when you find a problem you can only look at your available choices (Console eq and outboard compression). If that doesn't get your there then you add some plugs before the analog gear. I was always getting what I needed. ITB when it doesn't work out I find myself adding plug after plug to a source that needs repair. I eventually get there but plugins are so time consuming to work with. Argh! Mostly this is because plugins are so flexible that you tweek and tweek. Hardware while being much less flexible narrows things down and tends to do some work for you.
Is this an Analog vs Digital Blog?
No! I am convinced that with some experience my new system will become seriously efficient. The only difference is that now I can add plugin's after my analog gear. The stupid thing is that now that I am putting plugs after my analog gear I find I think differently.
How am I thinking differently
When I am limited to certain gear like a couple plugs an analog eq and an outboard compressor I get happy when I know I've done all I feel I can with the source. When the world is unlimited like it is with plugs you have to know exactly what you are going after and how to achieve it. It actually takes a better engineer IMO. With an API 550b you tweek the knobs until you like what you hear playing around until your done. With a plug in that can do so much more this mode of thinking just doesn't work.
I've been quite astonished at how hard this transition has been. I am not exactly sure where this is heading but I am determined to make it work because of the automation an recall benefits to my new system.