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Mixing a track that you didn't record Equalisers (HW)
Old 16th November 2017
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Mixing a track that you didn't record

Hello Vance,

Thanks for taking the time to chat with us!

When you are presented a session to mix, where you had no involvement in the tracking... how do you approach selecting what you are going to use for mixing? Do you import tracks into a template session and already know that you are going to try XYZ compressor and XYZ EQ on the bass first? Etc.

What are some of your current favorite compressors, EQs and effects to use when mixing a record that you didn't record?
Old 18th November 2017
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I don't do anything really different.. First of all I mix on my SSL, so it's kinda setup the way I want it.. I have things all pre-patched so it's easy to try things.. Almost all the eq will be added on the desk, but sometimes I want a certain thing and I'll use a UAD 1073, or the MDW EQ or the FabFilter eq.. Just depends on what I need..

Here's my setup..
I have a 48 input desk, but I mix in 1-32 only and leave the last 16 channels (33-48) for FX returns and the Parallel's (In the 33-48 small fader returns)

L=(large fader)
33 L Black Fulltone Tube Tape Echo fed from AUX 1
34 L White Fulltone Tube Tape Echo fed from AUX 1
35 L PCM 80 L Fed from the Stereo Cue L
36 L PCM 80 R Fed from the Stereo Cue R
37 L Echo Plate Right Fed from AUX 2 thru Roland SDE 1000 Delay (predelay)
38 L Echo Plate Left Fed from AUX 2 thru Roland SDE 1000 Delay (predelay)
39 L Fulltone Solid State Tape Echo 1 Fed From BUSS 15
40 L Fulltone Solid State Tape Echo 2 Fed From BUSS 16
41 L Pedal Loop 1 Fed from AUX 4
42 L Pedal Loop 2 Fed from AUX 4
43 L DN780 Left Fed from AUX 3
44 L DN780 Right Fed from AUX 3
45 L RAT>DM100 Fed from BUSS 23
46 L Grampian 666 Fed from BUSS 20
47 L EMI/Chandler TG-1 Left Fed from BUSS 27
48 L EMI/Chandler TG-1 Left Fed from BUSS 28

S=(small fader)
Parallels
33 S (Small Fader) Aphex Exciter Fed from BUSS 32
34 S DBX 500 Sub Synth fed from Buss 11
35 S CULTURE VULTURE L Fed From BUSS 29
36 S CULTURE VULTURE R Fed From BUSS 30
37 S Retro STA-LEVEL Fed from BUSS 13
38 S ACME OPTICON Fed from BUSS 12
39 S Transient Designer 1 Fed From Buss 9
40 S Transient Designer 2 Fed From Buss 10
41 S 33609 L Drum Parallel Fed from BUSS 1
42 S 33609 R Drum Parallel Fed from BUSS 2
43 S FATSO L Drum Crush Parallel Fed from BUSS 3
44 S FATSO R Drum Crush Parallel Fed from BUSS 4
45 S 33609 Band L Parallel fed from BUSS 5
46 S 33609 Band R Parallel fed from BUSS 6
47 S GML 8900 Vocal L Parallel Fed from BUSS 7
48 S GML 8900 Vocal R Parallel Fed from BUSS 8

Then there is 4 Stereo FX Returns,
1 Nothing currently.. (noisey maybe..)
2 Eventide H3000 Fed from BUSS 17-18
3 Bedini B.A.S.E. Fed from BUSS 21-22
4 PMC 90 Fed from BUSS 23-24 (i think...)

I only have 5 inserts in the desk all the time.. Things come and go but these stay..
3-KICK (Insert) Distressor>API 550b
4-SNARE (Insert) Distressor>API 550b
15-16 (Insert) Manley VariMu (Piano-B3 Keys...)
32 (Insert) Vocal Chandler RS124>Pultec EQP1a

And theres more...
But you get the idea..
(;-)>
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Old 18th November 2017
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Originally Posted by vancalot View Post
I don't do anything really different.. First of all I mix on my SSL, so it's kinda setup the way I want it.. I have things all pre-patched so it's easy to try things.. Almost all the eq will be added on the desk, but sometimes I want a certain thing and I'll use a UAD 1073, or the MDW EQ or the FabFilter eq.. Just depends on what I need..

Here's my setup..
I have a 48 input desk, but I mix in 1-32 only and leave the last 16 channels (33-48) for FX returns and the Parallel's (In the 33-48 small fader returns)

L=(large fader)
33 L Black Fulltone Tube Tape Echo fed from AUX 1
34 L White Fulltone Tube Tape Echo fed from AUX 1
35 L PCM 80 L Fed from the Stereo Cue L
36 L PCM 80 R Fed from the Stereo Cue R
37 L Echo Plate Right Fed from AUX 2 thru Roland SDE 1000 Delay (predelay)
38 L Echo Plate Left Fed from AUX 2 thru Roland SDE 1000 Delay (predelay)
39 L Fulltone Solid State Tape Echo 1 Fed From BUSS 15
40 L Fulltone Solid State Tape Echo 2 Fed From BUSS 16
41 L Pedal Loop 1 Fed from AUX 4
42 L Pedal Loop 2 Fed from AUX 4
43 L DN780 Left Fed from AUX 3
44 L DN780 Right Fed from AUX 3
45 L RAT>DM100 Fed from BUSS 23
46 L Grampian 666 Fed from BUSS 20
47 L EMI/Chandler TG-1 Left Fed from BUSS 27
48 L EMI/Chandler TG-1 Left Fed from BUSS 28

S=(small fader)
Parallels
33 S (Small Fader) Aphex Exciter Fed from BUSS 32
34 S DBX 500 Sub Synth fed from Buss 11
35 S CULTURE VULTURE L Fed From BUSS 29
36 S CULTURE VULTURE R Fed From BUSS 30
37 S Retro STA-LEVEL Fed from BUSS 13
38 S ACME OPTICON Fed from BUSS 12
39 S Transient Designer 1 Fed From Buss 9
40 S Transient Designer 2 Fed From Buss 10
41 S 33609 L Drum Parallel Fed from BUSS 1
42 S 33609 R Drum Parallel Fed from BUSS 2
43 S FATSO L Drum Crush Parallel Fed from BUSS 3
44 S FATSO R Drum Crush Parallel Fed from BUSS 4
45 S 33609 Band L Parallel fed from BUSS 5
46 S 33609 Band R Parallel fed from BUSS 6
47 S GML 8900 Vocal L Parallel Fed from BUSS 7
48 S GML 8900 Vocal R Parallel Fed from BUSS 8

Then there is 4 Stereo FX Returns,
1 Nothing currently.. (noisey maybe..)
2 Eventide H3000 Fed from BUSS 17-18
3 Bedini B.A.S.E. Fed from BUSS 21-22
4 PMC 90 Fed from BUSS 23-24 (i think...)

I only have 5 inserts in the desk all the time.. Things come and go but these stay..
3-KICK (Insert) Distressor>API 550b
4-SNARE (Insert) Distressor>API 550b
15-16 (Insert) Manley VariMu (Piano-B3 Keys...)
32 (Insert) Vocal Chandler RS124>Pultec EQP1a

And theres more...
But you get the idea..
(;-)>
Another example of how amazing this Q and A has been. Thank you so much for your time and willingness to share your craft.
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Old 20th November 2017
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Old 21st November 2017
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Awesome.... thanks Vance!
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