How do you create stems for live performance?
Hi guys! I'm curious how you go about creating stems for live performance.
So far, all my experience leveling has been in the realm of production. I try to have my master bus peak around -6db, before applying any mastering FX (Ozone 4) to boost and tweak the mix. For my production needs the results are satisfactory.
My issue is making stems for club play. I group my tracks (main beats, percussion, background, leads). I then create an audio track for each of the groups. The audio is routed to the tracks from the different groups post mixer. This way the separate stems will be processed with my returns and mastering pluggins. The idea is that when I drop the stems into my live set, they will be processed and give a close approximation to the mastered track in both tone and volume.
The stems sound good, but are rather low in level. It requires either raising the level of the clips, boosting the signal with a utility pluggin, or applying another limiter on the master bus of the live set, which is sub-optimal.
So that's where I'm at...
How do you approach this process?
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