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Old 9th September 2008
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assistants - assistance

hi dave,

thanks for taking the time out.

often a part of the mix process that gets overlooked but is necessary for the creative process to flow.

could you outline some of the 'prep' work your assistant might do for you before you start to mix? or during for that matter.

Old 15th September 2008
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I have been blessed with some of the best assistants in the world. I am helpless without them. I like to have the protools session spread out on the console. Nothing unusual, drums and instruments to left, vocals and extra inst to the right. The more I need to move the faders on a track, the closer to the center I want them. (I hate doing levels at the extreme ends of the console. I do about 1/2 the rides in ProTools, and 1/2 on the console. There are a couple of outboard chains they hook up. I like my vocals at the top of PT, and then drums, then instruments. It changes sometimes.

I constantly ask my guys if they like this or that. I use them for creative input, and discuss the mix with them. They get quite involved. I like them to be vocal about things I do well, and things that suck.

I use them to print the stems and passes. We print every track as a stem.

Keeping track of all the hard drives and sessions and sending out copies and sending to mastering is in itself a full time job. I someone wants a word up here or there I let them do that also
Old 16th September 2008
Hello Dave

When you say you print every track as a stem, is that through the mix buss as a stereo track (with its respective FX presumably) ? Or do you use some other method? Thanks
Old 17th September 2008
Originally Posted by Dave Pensado View Post
I use them to print the stems and passes. We print every track as a stem.
Hi Dave thanks for share all this info.

Do you print those tracks (Stems) one by one? Do you turn off your buss comp when print your stems?


Old 17th September 2008
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watching you mix?

Thanks So much Dave for answering all of our questions it means the world to everyone I am sure.

since were on the topic of assistants how do you feel about them watching you mix and trying to learn and feed off of what you do? once there obligations are done.

I loved the New Gym Class Heroes record including the many other's that you have done.

Thank You so much once again for answering all of our questions dearly appericiated

hope the future is well for you
Old 17th September 2008
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Originally Posted by Dave Pensado View Post
We print every track as a stem.
How are your stems laid out All drums on one stem etc.
Old 17th September 2008

You've mentioned a couple of times that you print every track as a stem. I'm very curious about how you go about this. I'd love to hear as much detail as you'd care to go into.

A couple of pointed questions regarding this process:

1. Do you mean that you print each channel (or pair of channels) on the console as a stereo stem through your mix bus chain? Or do you mean that you print literally every single track from Pro Tools through whatever chain it happens to be going through as a stereo stem?

2. Do you monitor through the converters that you will eventually be printing through when you're mixing?

3. Do you print them back into the same Pro Tools session or to another system?

4. When it comes time to do a recall with the stems, where do they return? Do they just get summed in the box? I guess this question would depend on how you print them in the first place...with or without mix bus chain, etc...

5. Assuming you use parallel compression, aural exciting, stereo widening, do you deal with this in regards to the stems? Are your sends to these devices being derived from the stems or before the stems?

I know that's a lot of questions, but I'm currently in search of the best way to do this myself. I would love to hear any insight you have on this topic. Thanks so much for coming on here and helping us all get better.
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