Those of you that follow me will know I produce and mix using Pro Tools. Most of the projects I do at my studio are produced and mixed in a hybrid fashion, utilizing some amazing analog outboard equipment and outputting through either my SSL 4000E or 12 Channel CADAC console.
In the last few years I’ve been increasingly mixing in-the-box. This is a trend I’ve been seeing with a lot of great mixers, from Neal Avron and Dave Way to Andrew Scheps.
Many top professionals are now mixing entirely in-the-box. There are obviously a lot of reasons the top guys are able to do this…
They get amazingly well recorded tracks which have been recorded in world class studios, using Neumann U47’s, U67 Microphones and going through Vintage Neve or API consoles!
They’ve recorded the tracks themselves using some of the best equipment and know exactly how they want it to sound, making the mix process exceptionally easy.
So where does that leave the home recordist who doesn’t have access to these expensive pieces of equipment? This is of course the Million Dollar Question! My answer to this is simple.
What is your workflow? Did you grow up using consoles? Do you aspire to use consoles? Is it a dream of yours to work in a commercial studio?
Let me know in the comments below!