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Im just trying to learn all of this jive
Old 31st August 2007
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Im just trying to learn all of this jive does a console, like an ssl, add coloration? Does it happen once its sent from your DAW, or is it in the eq section? What do these boards contain that make them preferred?

Also, do people ever mix in a console, and then send the mix to a tape machine? I think I've heard of people doing this. Is this also for coloration? And is this refering to the older reel style tape machines?

I've read plenty of posts like this after searching, but I think I'm still missing something. I don't quite understand how everything is connected.

is it DAW>outboard converter>Console>outboard converter> back into DAW?
Old 31st August 2007

Coloration is about two things - frequency response and distortion.

That's right, distortion. In small amounts, the right distortion sounds good.


Old 31st August 2007
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Colour is a subtle tone thing. I suppose the analogy would be comparing two different guitars... lets say acoustic. Inevitably they will have slightly different tones... even if they are the same make and model. They're both still guitars, and they're both supposed to sound like good guitars, but one may be more favourable over the other.

DAW>outboard converter>Console>outboard converter> back into DAW
If you're using a DAW then yes this is the sequence. To be a little more specific though it is:
DAW>D/A converters (Digital to Analog)>Console Line In>Do your mix here> Console Channel Output>A/D Converters> back into DAW

Most Audio Interfaces have AD/DA converters built into the same box, but as you get into higher end stuff they usually split the two, like the new Apogee boxes or any number of higher end boxes. And just like anything else, converters too will have different subtleties.

In the end, colour generally refers to a desirable side-effect of the unit-in-question's design. But still, what is desirable to one is worst piece of crap to another
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