DAW Mixdown Question

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Member Since: May 09, 2002

OK, I'm thinking of setting up a DAW in my project studio. Now I have a basic idea of the gear I need (mixer, computer, good soundcard, etc) but one thing that is confusing me is how you go about mixing a song (as in a full band, not tinkering around on a guitar) in a digital enviroment...

Now, what I'm thinking is that you have to mix at the board before you send it to the computer, but I'm hearing you should record flat and than mix down afterwards. If you only have a 2 input soundcard, is this possible? I mean, don't you send stereo tracks to the computer during recording?

I know you can mix in the computer using software if you have a multi-input (like 8) soundcard. Is it possible to mix tracks at the computer if you only have a 2 input card?

Sorry if I'm rambling a bit :)

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Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

May 10, 2002 12:10 am

Yes indeed it is, You can record your track's one at a time and then when they are all in there, you simply start tweaking away untill done. And yes recording flat is much prefered, however, I know several people, myself being one, that will record with hotter EQ setting's or cut's to get what I want.

Since: Apr 14, 2002

May 10, 2002 08:50 am

Right on Noize.

Chief Cook and Bottle Washer
Since: May 10, 2002

May 11, 2002 12:32 pm

One little trick that helps me is to start with a drum machine track. Find a track with a little flavor for what you want. I helps keep everybody in sync if you can't schedule folks in a logical order. You can put in a real drum track at any time and delete the machine.

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