Okay, There is a Difference Between Mixing Fully Analog and Mixing ITB.
by, 04-29-2012 at 10:13 AM (2297 Views)
So I've been mixing ITB for the past few months and I am starting to notice some differences that may be attributable to analog summing vs Digital summing but there are too many variables to know for sure. I had been mixing fully analog for many months. I was running everything out through my convertors summing through hardware and my console and then recording 2 tracks back into my daw. A few months ago I set up my console so that each channel would be an input plug in on my daw and using my DAW to SUM. I am adding another level of conversion with this new system so that may also explain what is happening. In order to sum in my Daw I need to send each track out to my 2 buss compression and then back in to re-record.
The differences to me that I here are the following. My mostly analog way of mixing makes for a more open mix and it clearly has more depth. Digital summing with more conversion has more punch and is definitely thicker sounding(not at all how most describe it). I have to work a little harder in my new Digital mixing situation to get separation. I don't need to work as hard to get substance and thickness.
It is a total toss up as to which is better. They are different. Because the work flow is far better in the digital realm I am going to stay set up for the digital side. If I had a total recall SSL I would consider setting up fully analog. Then again I really like this "more substance" sound.
I really am lucky that I have been able to do this over months and finally answer the question for myself. The difference is subtle and isn't something that can be shown in one mix IMO. It can be shown when you compare working one way for months and then the other for months.
-My advise is don't sweat analog summing. I actually find getting super loud mixes easier in the digital world. When you are going loud you don't want all that extra space. If I was just mixing Jazz and classical and ambient world music I'd go fully analog in a heart beat(if I had recall).
Note-Keep in mind that in my "digital" system I am using 18 channels of high end analog eq's and a bunch of analog compression as well. This is not a digital vs analog blog though. Also my fx are hardware as well.