Originally Posted by Mike H
I loved my passive summing setup, but finally I am making the change to an active summer with panning because these limitations became a big issue for me.
I am just pointing out this panning issue, so each individual can weigh the impact on his/her mixing. If you do everything ITB and just go out to sum, not an issue. If you do a lot of outboard processing/effects, you should consider how it affects you.
I guess it really just depends on how you are using the outboard gear. Since I only plan to use outboard for kick, snare, vocals, bass, drum submix, and 2-buss, I can get away with not having the ability to pan things since all those elements will be panned L, R, or center 90% of the time the way I work. The key is to really map out your workflow and figure out how you approach using different tools to mix. Once I did this I realized that I didn't need a lot of features in my mixing/summing setup.