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 Post subject: a topic for the recording nerds: submixing
PostPosted: Thu Nov 10, 2011 1:51 pm 
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I've been mixing our album down recently, getting closer to the goal of being done with this beast.

Anyway, I've been going with the ages-old tradition of submixing the vocals onto one "bus" (using recording software, not a physical mixing board), guitars onto another, drums onto another bus, cello onto another, etc.

This has a few functions:

-it enables one to "group" sounds together for audio continuity (say you want your drums to all sound like they're in the same "room" with respect to reverb and such),
- it cuts down on computer processor and memory load when I don't have to load reverb onto several tracks, and
-it enables me to automate levels for the drums, vocals, guitars as a whole.

I still use compression and eq on individual tracks, as those settings will vary from instrument to instrument.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2011 3:38 pm 
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The additional benefit is the drums can be controlled as a single instrument...

I use subgroups to excess at times...
My typical subgroups are

DRUMS: Contains all drum tracks.
BASS: If multiple Mics are used on the bass, I send them to this submix
RYTHM GUIT: If multiple Mics are used on the Guitar, I send them to this submix
KEYS: If multiple Mics are used on the keys, I send them to this submix
ENSEMBLE: Contains everything except VOX
BG VOX: All Vocal Backing Tracks
VOX: All Lead Vocal Tracks as well as BG VOX

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 Post subject: Re: a topic for the recording nerds: submixing
PostPosted: Sat Dec 31, 2011 11:46 am 
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I always bus my tracks to sub groups. It definitely makes things easier, for me at least, to adjust the final levels. That way I can fine tune the sound of the multiple mics for each instrument and then settle them into the track as a whole.

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