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Mixing advice needed...
Old 8th September 2011
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Mixing advice needed...

Hey peeps! Had a quick issue about mixing, and I was wondering if you guys could offer any advice.

Basically, at the moment I produce my music with Acid Pro and Reason rewired, I have just purchased a MAC so I will be moving on to Logic soon, but there's tracks that I have produced using Acid and Reason that I need to mix. So what I wanted to do was to render the files out on Acid and put them into Logic and mix the track on there. Some of the main reasons I want to do this is because I want to use better plugins for reverb, eq, compression etc, and the PC I use Acid and Reason on is mega slow!

I have been told the best way to do this would be to render out each track from Acid and Reason in WAV format at 0.0db without any effects on. Then take these files into Logic and begin mixing down on there. However, one thing I was confused about was clipping. When I play the whole track together I have noticed the master gain does clip quite a lot, but when I play individual layers, it does not clip. My friend advised me that when I put the individual files into Logic, I should drop the volumes of everything to about -20db and work with the volumes from there so that the overall mix does not clip.

I understand this whole procedure completely, but I just wanted some more advice on it. Do you guys think this is the best way? I know if I do this, the overall track may lack power and volume, but this can be brought back up during the mastering right?

Appreciate any advice you guys can offer!

Old 8th September 2011
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I don't know about importing from acid pro into logic, but I know that say I record on logic, I CAN import my session files, straight from my logic session into my PT session.

What you are doing is a perfectly acceptable way of doing it. Make sure you record EVERY file from second 0 - the last second of your song, so none of your tracks get shifted when moved, make sure they are all recorded at unity with no pluggins (although documenting your pluggins would be a good idea), and when you get in logic and turn them down, they SHOULD (if they were recorded right) not be clipping when you mix them down later.
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