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Mix Bus Routing? Dynamics Plugins
Old 10th April 2019
  #1
Gear Head
Mix Bus Routing?

I am wondering how you guys would route your mixes
with effects and reverbs?

I am currently doing something like this:

Audio track - >
Audio bus - >
Mix bus - >
Master fader

+

Audio track - >
Reverb bus / FX bus - >
Mix bus ->
Master fader


The question really is, should I send reverb etc into the mix bus, or directly to the master fader?
Old 10th April 2019
  #2
Lives for gear
For what reason are you using the "mix bus"?
Old 10th April 2019
  #3
Gear Head
Quote:
Originally Posted by BT64 View Post
For what reason are you using the "mix bus"?
I use it to color the mix with some compression and an EQ before limiting in master fader.
Old 10th April 2019
  #4
Lives for gear
In that case it will depend if you want to 'color' the fx to or just limit it.
Old 12th April 2019
  #5
Quote:
am currently doing something like this:

Audio track - >
Audio bus - >
Mix bus - >
Master fader

+

Audio track - >
Reverb bus / FX bus - >
Mix bus ->
Master fader
Just to clear things up for you, since you seem to have the 'MIX bus' and 'Master bus'

This is a usual routing /signal chain

All Tracks go to Master bus
All sends go to buses
All buses go to Master bus
Master bus go to your audio interfaces main outs 1/2

Do you see something missing? You do not need the mix bus. The mix bus is the master bus
Old 12th April 2019
  #6
Gear Maniac
Basstrack(s) > Bass Buss > DrumAndBassBuss > Master
DrumTracks > Drum Buss > DrumAndBassBuss > Master
GuitarTracks > GuitarBuss > AllMusicBuss >Master
SynthTacks > SynthBuss > AllMusicBuss > Master
LeadVocTracks > LeadVocBuss > VocalBuss > Master
BackVocTracks > BackVocBuss > VocalBuss > Master

On the master buss there's always very light compression to mix into, usually PSP Vintagewarmer2 or UAD 33609.
Old 13th April 2019
  #7
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There are different ways to route tracks. Lately I have been treating busses like tracks of tape, and instruments I route to the same bus get compressed, eq'd, and routed thru a tape sim together. I use this to gel different elements together. Reverb is on it's own buss and gets mixed back in on the master buss.

That said, I seem to remember that Andy Wallace doesn't use aux instrument busses and runs everything straight to the master buss.

There's no wrong answer if it sounds good.
Old 14th April 2019
  #8
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I am thoroughly confused! :D

In some situations there are certain midi devices that require a different setup, but otherwise I tend to keep it simple.
Actually quite often I insert my FX on the channel.

Each song will naturally tell you what to do.
Old 14th April 2019
  #9
Quote:
Originally Posted by smoke View Post
Each song will naturally tell you what to do.
^ This right here.. You might have a basic 'starting point' but each song is going to go the way it needs to go.. I might get by with say 16 tracks, all going straight to the master bus, any reverb or delays are on sends/busses unless its something the track needs on its own as an insert.. Just like the good old Tascam 4/8 track days. This is usually how every project of mine starts.

Some days (like the track I was mixing last night) I might want to take a group of tracks, balance the levels between them (and apply any surgical EQ to make them gel), route the outputs to their own bus and use that as a stem along with the rest of the tracks. That bus, if it needs it, also gets bussed to any reverb/delay as well. This method lets me group tracks (drums/rhythm, guitars, ambient synth clouds, etc) and only need to adjust levels with one fader since they're already premixed. This fader is just used to make sure stuff stays under the level I want it to.

Its all situational, like most stuff in this industry is.. We have so much we can do now, there are no rules anymore really..
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