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Old 7th October 2014
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Thanks for the info Sharp!

Originally Posted by Matt Syson View Post
The obsession with 'separation' in either mixer or 'multichannel recorder' is often carefully omitting the considerable crosstalk of even good multitrack tape machines. Desks were aiming to be at least 20dB 'better' than the multitracks of the time. When the digital multitracks appeared the mixer manufacturers had to 'up their game' as the digits did not crosstalk.
This unintentional crosstalk in both 'tape' and desk domains added significant alterations to the 'sound' and as the mix engineer was listening to the results, would be adjusting EQ and whatever with this 'imperfectly separated ' tracks.
If tyhere were a 'semirandom' crosstalk plugin for your DAW you would be better able to enjoy the wonders of 'tape' without the actual tape.
I have always wondered about introducing crosstalk - with a bit of work, you would probably able to successfully emulate this in your seq. Of course the CT would (should) be random; you could automate faders and EQ plugs along the way to simulate randomness. But where would you start? Duping each track with very low level and extreme cut(s) on the hi-end seems like a good starting point... how much level would you need, and what would be the predominant freq. range on the CT chs?