Originally Posted by Zachariah
"Printing to tape" - means recording something to a tape machine (that was years ago).
this phrase now can be used interchangeably with "bounce" or "mixdown"
Careful...this is confusing a couple things..
"Printing/recording/committing to tape" in the sense the OP mentioned is a term used in tracking
. Like everyone here mentioned, it's recording a signal WITH effects through the channel path and not doing it after the fact in the monitor path/mixing process.
Bouncing/mixdown is WELL
after the fact of printing FX to tape during tracking. In fact this is one of the last stages of the mix
. If you are doing a Bounce to Disk or final mix down, you are at the end of the process. Now, you may be sending this to a mastering tape deck, however it is different than tracking "to tape".
Kind of two ends of the process.