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I split a stereo mix into mono, then mixed it OTB and back ITB......nice
Old 4th February 2009
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I split a stereo mix into mono, then mixed it OTB and back ITB......nice

I posted originally thinking my A/D/A was terrible but realized I was mismatching impedence....duh! Anyways, I ironed out the kinks and got rid of the background noise I was hearing.

What I did was just a stupid experiment to see what the audio would pick up. I don't have any stereo hardware, just mono stuff for tracking vox and whatever else. I took a stereo mix that is close to done, split it into mono, and mixed it out 1 track at a time through my Vintech X73i > Summit TLA-100A. I then re-bussed it to a stereo track ITB, took the original and the new track side by side, and threw Ozone3 on each.

I processed them the same, making sure the volumes were as close as I could hear. I took 2.3dB's off with the limiter. When listening, there was the slightest bit of noise on the new mix during the completely silent part before and after the track. I threw in some quick fades to take care of that.

I have to say, overall, I'm pleased. The new mix definitely picked up some roundness/thickness that wasn't there before. They both sound good. I can't say one was better than the other but I plan on using this method in the future on specific tracks. I could hear the ITB mix was definitely more precise/clinical/transparent in comparison. The OTB mix smooothed/warmed things out a bit. The difference was heard but also sensed.

Anyone else have success doing this? I mean, I was convinced by reading many posts that this wouldn't be worth it with my humble 003Rack and tracking hardware. Some big deal about A/D/A conversion being inferior? Seems like it's just better to find out for yourself. Sounds good to me!
Old 5th February 2009
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steelyfan's Avatar
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I'm feelin ya, if you can get a nice sound/tone from the input source, but a little white noise comes with it, when all the instruments are playing at the same time, it sounds warmer, even if you get a little "hisssssss." on the quiet stuff, fades can help that. I run everything through the board and try to bring a little of that to all my recordings.
really help that sterile thing, and to me, gives it more audio energy, even it it's noiser.
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