Mixing In The Box
Mixing in a DAW can be both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, we have pristine digital audio, with no noise, non-linear artifacts, or colour added to our tracks. On the other hand - well… we have pristine digital audio, with no noise, non-linear artifacts, or colour added to our tracks. All kidding aside, the bottom line is that sometimes things can be so clean - that they begin to lack a certain character. I might also add that there is such thing as “too clean”.
Hands On Control
But first, let me set the record straight - I love mixing in a DAW. That being said, I think it’s worth mentioning that I mix using a Faderport 16 and a Console 1 - with a handful of my favourite plug-ins. Both Native (Studio One) and 3rd Party. In the end, I love the feeling of ‘grabbing faders’ and massaging things into place. Actually to be honest I didn’t realize how much I missed it until I fully embraced the Faderport 16 into my workflow and got off the mouse all together. Quite simply, I find that my mix comes together in a much different way then it does if I’m just moving faders with a mouse.
Injecting Some Character
Having said that, I will also add that I really love using tools that give me a certain “colour” or vibe that I can impart upon my tracks in their digital world. As mentioned, I use a Console 1 by Softube - and this is a great place to start. But it’s not the only option. In fact, I will often use the Console 1 in addition to using the CTC-1 Pro Console Shaper (made by PreSonus).
The purpose of this article is not to explain everything there is to know about Mix FX - or how they work, but more specifically, just going over how I will typically use the CTC-1 in a mix.
Essentially, PreSonus changed the way we can approach Mixing in a modern-day DAW with Mix FX Plug-ins when they were released in Version 3.2. In this video I demonstrate my basic workflow when mixing using the CTC-1 Pro Console Shaper in PreSonus Studio One.
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