Hi Brian, I took your advice.. had a track ready for mixing (stems) and applied N14, MFC and A16 clean group presets on all stems and the appropriate master buss preset on the stereo out and auditioned them individually to get a feel for each of the consoles and the character/ tone they impart to the mix.Brian wrote:We're all still learning constantly...I hope anyway, hah. That's one of the things that keeps this kind of work compelling and satisfying.
There's a lot of fun to be had experimenting with routing and combining programs. And no rules aside from the basics of -protect your hearing and equipment, and if it sounds good, don't question it.
I've got hybrid console setups based on mixed programs from Alex which I love that are impossible in the real world. I would never have tried to setup these combinations unless I was bored with my workflow and feeling adventurous, and taking advantage of how lucky we are to use this kind of software.
With all that said...
One great thing about using things the traditional way is to give yourself limits and really get to know the "sonic signature" and range of certain manufacturers. If you have the time, try doing a virtual 8014 console, or 1608 for example. ONLY use Neev or American programs for everything. See how they sound differently on the same song, or how they lead you to make different decisions. Listen to the overall texture. Compared to working with other plugins, you may find the EQs and compressors quite limited and not at all surgical or invisible. But this will let you embrace their character qualities, and you must focus on the most important things like overall balance and panning decisions.
When the rough mix is done, you should have a much better understanding the strengths and weaknesses and any special tricks of each piece of gear. Hopefully some "a-ha!" moments when you hear a classic recognizable sound, or when something sounds perfect after 5 seconds of tweaking. Then you'll know when and where to use them if you want to get a bit unconventional and start mixing and matching.
Sorry to get so off topic - and still loving the N collection more as I use it more. Very excited and hope Alex continues to release libraries at this level.
Took ages to set it all up so I could flick between them easily to hear the differences which as you can imagine are fairly subtle but noticable non the less to my ears (which are learning), the A16 and N14 are more coloured but in very slightly different ways. It was a great test... I cant even describe what I hear but I have a feel for it... I think
I then went through the stems one by one and chose the console I felt was most suited to the stem, auditioning it on solo but importantly within the mix and chose different consoles according to what I felt sounded best.
It was time consuming but definitely worth it. In fact I have decided I will do it again on different mixes and material to hopefully learn some more about the tones and colours.
Thanks for the tip Brian