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jjef 11th November 2009 03:42 AM

Hardware Saturation For ITB mixes?
 
I'm trying to smooth out digital harshness with saturation while mixing ITB. Would it be better to pass individual tracks through a hardware tube device like an LA2 or to use a tube emulation plugin?

I'm sure most will agree that hardware sounds better, but to use it ITB, the signal has to pass through DA/AD. Will this smooth things out or will the track still have digital harshness because of the conversion?

surflounge 11th November 2009 08:26 AM

this will fix it
JCF Audio DA8-V 8 Channel D/A Converter

TurboJets 11th November 2009 08:36 AM

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Originally Posted by surflounge (Post 4770879)

I have to say that looks juicy.

Mesa4x12er 11th November 2009 08:45 AM

Nebula... seriously. kfhkh

Roots Rock 11th November 2009 08:44 PM

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Originally Posted by Mesa4x12er (Post 4770902)
Nebula... seriously. kfhkh

CD Soundmasters R2R tape saturation

"Nice Harmonics"mastering pre

Doc Mixwell 13th November 2009 02:55 AM

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Originally Posted by TurboJets (Post 4770887)
I have to say that looks juicy.

It flushes the word "digital" down the toilet.

It actually brings back what digital loses forever.

Nrt 13th November 2009 05:42 AM

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Originally Posted by jjef (Post 4770286)
I'm trying to smooth out digital harshness with saturation while mixing ITB. Would it be better to pass individual tracks through a hardware tube device like an LA2 or to use a tube emulation plugin?

I'm sure most will agree that hardware sounds better, but to use it ITB, the signal has to pass through DA/AD. Will this smooth things out or will the track still have digital harshness because of the conversion?

The harshness in your ITB mix is not because it's digital but because you are making some mistake. Saturation will make your mix just dirty. Clean up your mix first!