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stereo buss and mixing 101
Old 27th January 2007
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stereo buss and mixing 101

Is the stereo buss of a session basically the master fader?

Or is it literally bussing the ALL mono and stereo audio tracks outs to a stereo audio track (without a master fader)?
Old 27th January 2007
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most of the time, when people are speaking of THE stereo buss:

Master Bus = 2 Bus = Stereo Bus
Old 27th January 2007
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In short, yes.
Old 19th February 2007
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is it necessary to pick the master fader? Couldn't I simply, create a stereo audio track with the input analog1-2 output (actually I don't know if I would set the output to analog 1-2 or 3-4) bypassing the need for the master fader?

I am just curious if that is possible so I am sure I understand the mystery of the master fader!
Old 19th February 2007
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the master fader is the last fader in the signal path that go's 2 you speakers.
Old 19th February 2007
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is it necessary to pick the master fader? Couldn't I simply, create a stereo audio track with the input analog1-2 output (actually I don't know if I would set the output to analog 1-2 or 3-4) bypassing the need for the master fader?

I am just curious if that is possible so I am sure I understand the mystery of the master fader!
Yes, you could do that.


Think of it this way - you've got a multi-track recording that you want to mix and put the mix on a CD. You can do all sounds to bus routings from a single buss, to a multiple buss mix, but in the end all the tracks eventually get blended together into a single stereo signal. That's "the stereo" buss. It usually happens at the master fader for lots of reasons, but if you had a reason not to, ou could use an alternate stereo buss.

I create multiple busses on my consol and send them to compressor subgroups. I never return them to my console. They get summed someplace else, by an alterante stereo buss and there's no master fader there.
Old 19th February 2007
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I use a master fader (buss out) while mixing a session (in PT) to control gain levels while bouncing things around and another (analog out, set at 0 db) to check for nasty clipping.
I send everything to a stereo track when mixed and export that to a new session with all the other songs for (pseudo) mastering under the auspices of another master fader. The last thing I do is crank that master fader up until I get a little gentle clipping (+4 or so), insert L1 (1 db gain reduction) and bounce to disk.
Lots of master faders at work in that process.

See what happens when you work in a vaccuum?
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