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Old 1st August 2008
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Originally Posted by NoEgo View Post
hey definitely not knockin what you are doing. I use Cubase 4 too, but I bought a Mackie Big Knob...yeah that is what they are called, to handle hardwired all my external control room connections. (not for out busses on Cubase. I just use the 16 outs for that.

How about parallel compression.. I guess you would route to a comp and back all on its own. .instead of letting it live on a buss right??? Or use the cards but I like the analogue sound. All preference.

...How do you handle that. THat is why I love the 8 buss and wish I had 16 sometimes, even in my old Mackie days you could run pseudo 24 ..3 groups of eight. I ran an 8 track reel to reel and still had 16 busses left for insert. You just had to make sure you didn't use the inserts until you finished tracking. but....the sound was..sterile....The Toft is molasses warm...
I know what I do is capable on the screen for sure, but it's so much easier for me to reach and plug or turn knobs and slide faders, and the sound is a blessing rather than something I have to manufacture with a plug in. If I don't want the sound then I take a direct out of the channel instead of it sent to the buss on the Toft.
Again... just what ever you are used to. I know people who fly in protools and don't know what the knobs are for on a board.

Glad to see you have it all figured out though and it works for you. By the way I use RME for an interface too.. Good stuff.
Having everything hard wired does present some limitations, such as sidechaining using analog gear. I can, however do this easily using the UAD Neve 88-RS channel or the Cubase VST3 comps. Same thing with parallel compression. I could strap a comp across a send/return, but I really prefer to use the UAD-1 bus compressor for most parallel compression chores. Like you say, it's all in how you choose to work. After jacking around with endless configuration issues for years, I've pretty much settled on this as working for my needs. I did the same thing with plugins. I just use the UAD-1's and occasionally some of the native Steinberg plugs these days. Settling on a streamlined working methodology, with limited, but high quality options has made things much more productive around here.