Mixing help

Hi everyone

Been out the game for ages still on Abe 5 but had a question. My band got some tracks done in a professional studio with pro engineer but don't like the mix. If I get the pro recorded stems and work on the mix on Abe 5 on my MacBook Pro is their going to a big difference in the sound quality of the end result compared to the pro tools studio set up? I.e will it be noticeably worse?

Cheers loads in advance


Riven 5 years ago | 0 comments

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  • Near Earth Object
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    Depends a lot on the audio interface you are using, and the quality of processing and plugins. With some good vst's and a good audio interface, you should be able to get a decent result.

    5 years ago | 0 comments
  • Riven
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    I have a motu 828 mk2 and as far as I know the stems should be as we want them to sound and I'm not an expert on processing so I was hoping my mix should just be about arrangement and levels. And do you think it's worth getting professionally mastered after if we're sending to labels and radio?

    5 years ago | 0 comments
  • FillClarke
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    A 21st century mix is generally created by a mixture of a decent stem of base recording (which you already have with the studio stems or can re-do yourself with your interface - 828 is a very good choice BTW) and the processing which generally is done in the DAW afterwards.

    There's no reason why a mix should sound better if it's done in ProTools than in Ableton- in fact it's the skill and effort of the mix engineer that makes up a smooth an tight mix - not the DAW! (It's not the size of the gun, but the aim of the shot that counts...)

    Your version of ableton seems a bit outdated though -so I would recommend to mix with a more recent system- since you wil have a lot more tools to use and performance will generally be better.

    The ProTools engineer in the studio will probably posses a lot more plugins, effects etc, which can obviously contibute to a diffrent (better) result.- But then again- All those tools are available for Live just as well.

    My recommendation of Mastering would be this: If you've never mastered before, or have never learned in depth how to do it, then get someone to do it for you. There are a lot of things to consider nowadays (e.g. mixing for itunes is a lot diffrent than mixing for DVD etc.).

    5 years ago | 0 comments

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