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Old 2nd July 2020
Gear Maniac
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Mix bus chain

Hello Jens
I love your works!!

What do You Think about summing devices?
Some favourite?

From What I understand You mix ITB summing in Pt with analog inserts, right?

Couuld You share your mix bus chain?


Last edited by Hal; 14th July 2020 at 01:48 AM..
Old 13th July 2020
Cheers, Hal!

I developed a workflow with summing devices that works for me when I moved to working ITB/hybrid. Soundwise, I think there's little difference in actual summing. However, many of these units have transformers on the output, and that makes a difference. I started out using a Vintage Design unit, moved to Neve 8816 (pots are horrible), and now I'm using a RND 5059 that is very solid. I've been thinking about trying something braver, like Thermionic Culture, but we'll see about that.

While I do use hardware inserts, I've replaced most of my chains with software equivalents for recallability. I have some I can't live without yet, but I print them as soon as I can.

My mix bus consists of The RND 5059, into SLL XLogic compressor, into Thermionic Culture The Phoenix. I track this back into my system through a Pro Tools aux-channel where I automate overall volume and strap some further EQ (usually Flux Epure or Brainworx Digital V3), stereo and/or M/S when called for.

That track is routed onto a regular stereo audio track, where I put an Oxford Limiter to emulate the mastering stage in terms of limiting. Only for monitoring. Without that last stage, it's very hard to get the drums to sit right post mastering.
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