[LAD] Half-OT: Fader mapping - was - Ardour MIDI tracer

Ralf Mardorf ralf.mardorf at alice-dsl.net
Fri Aug 22 13:07:46 UTC 2014

On Fri, 2014-08-22 at 12:05 +0000, Fons Adriaensen wrote:
> On Fri, Aug 22, 2014 at 12:32:19PM +0200, Ralf Mardorf wrote:
> > IOW the odd design of this mixer and some other
> > mixers too, leads to learning how to mix in a
> > wrong way.
> I'd agree with that (while not commenting on the rest).

But you commented a little bit of the rest ;). Indeed I'm mistaken,
because I did not think about the situation, when it's possible to mix
all instruments, before recording them ...

> In other words, even while recording tracks you could opt
> to use the 'simple' mixer to do that and the 'main' one for
> control room monitoring. The result was that at the end of
> a session you could have the main mixer completely set up
> for the mix, including post-tape EQ and any effects, without
> having to change anything.

... assumed a band plays all instruments at the same time, it's possible
to set up the EQs in the first place. There isn't the need to record all
instruments at the same time, but for the pre record mix, they need to
play all together, before the recording starts.

I only had a situation in mind, when there aren't enough people to play
all instruments at the same time, IOW if one person or a few persons
play and record the instruments one after the other, then the mix only
can be done after recording. Anyway, I was mistaken, there is a
situation when it's possible to mix before recording.

However, the band in the box approach does mean that you need to have
EQs, pre or post recording, nearly no good mix can be done without EQs.
IMO your parametric EQ should be included by default. If the EQ isn't
needed, than it usually shouldn't be an issue, if it's nevertheless
included. I doubt that the EQ is too resource hungry for a production

It's not only an issue that IMO EQs are missing, so some people tend not
to use EQs, when they should be used. It's not easy to find a usable EQ
for mixer channels. A user needs to test several EQs or ask at a mailing
list/forum. I would recommend to stay away from some Linux EQs, but I've
learned, it's better not to mention which ones. Is it really better to
keep quiet ;)?

2 Cents,

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