I know there are times where it is a must to stem tracks because of high track count but in a perfect world do you feel that you perfer to have each individual track coming out onto your console for mixing or do you like to have certain elements or instruments stemed to one or two tacks for convenience and ease of mixing.........do you feel stemming is compromising in any way sonically during miixing process .Thanks for your time this has been my favorite month since i jumped on board here!!!
i would be a happy mixer if I only had 8 tracks to mix, but i only get that if i'm mixing for david Kahne. The rest of the time I want to keep it down to 46 tracks. That magic number is because the rest of the desk is allocated to all types of toys and returns of samples etc.
I don't think there is any sonic compromise to making stems, that I can hear. When I make a stem it might be submixing stereo harmony vocals, kicks, snares, guitars that have a couple amps or ambience. I have my assistant make the stems and then I'll listen to them for approval.