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    Anyone using a separate DAW for mixing only?

    I am beginning to think about having a separate DAW for mixing. I don't like to have my mixer setup and all the plugin settings in the same project as the Midi tracks. I prefer to have a separate mixer setup, that is more related to the templates for my GigaStudio PC's than to a particular music project. In hardware terms: I'd prefer to have a fixed, optimized mixer for my "orchestra".

    So I am thinking about "scoring" with my current DAW PC (still running Logic 5.5) and to add a separate DAW to be used as a mixer only (SX3), using MADI to receive all the outputs from my current and future sample PC's.

    I wonder if anyone else is using this approach? I believe that professional composers (e.g. at MV) often use ProTools for mixing, separately from their sequencing DAW.

    Curious about your comments!

    Cheers,

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    Re: Anyone using a separate DAW for mixing only?

    A couple of us are still using PARIS for mixing, mainly because the mixing bus is the the next best thing to a Neve or SSL. (It "adds" something to the mix, whereas some other programs are more "pure".) Typically, I'll use a couple lightpipe connections from external computers into my PARIS rig, but I also know at least one guy who is using MADI and a lightpipe converter to connect to his PARIS rig.

    I also know another guy who uses Sonar for programming and Nuendo for mixing. Seems like there are as many different solutions as there are people...

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    Re: Anyone using a separate DAW for mixing only?

    You want to mix online or off line ?

    I ‘score’ in Nuendo but master off line in Samplitude for CDs, on the same OS now (no dongle incompatibility, finally).

    I use also this : http://www.hyperossystems.co.uk/0704...s2004Feproduct

    ...which permits to do the same on a separate OS, if needed.

    No need to buy a separate PC if you mix only off line (audio files only)...

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    Re: Anyone using a separate DAW for mixing only?

    Peter:

    MADI networking sounds interesting to me too. Seems like it would be better to use standard optical sc ethernet patch cords for 56 or 64 channels at a pop rather than 8-channel adat feeds which is the alternative. I know RME has MADI a plenty but I don't know anyone whose gone with it yet. It does seem to be showing up on more gear lately:

    http://www.synthax.com/MADI.html

    Seems like it would be a natural for connecting a dedicated sample engine machine to a dedicated daw machine. And maybe even a dedicated plugin machine.

    Howard

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    Re: Anyone using a separate DAW for mixing only?

    If you're interested in MADI you might also like to check out the Sydec range:

    www.sydec.be

    This is what used to be Soundscape. Top rep for performance and reliability.

    Not cheap though.

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    Re: Anyone using a separate DAW for mixing only?

    Quote Originally Posted by PeterRoos
    I am beginning to think about having a separate DAW for mixing. I don't like to have my mixer setup and all the plugin settings in the same project as the Midi tracks. I prefer to have a separate mixer setup, that is more related to the templates for my GigaStudio PC's than to a particular music project. In hardware terms: I'd prefer to have a fixed, optimized mixer for my "orchestra".

    So I am thinking about "scoring" with my current DAW PC (still running Logic 5.5) and to add a separate DAW to be used as a mixer only (SX3), using MADI to receive all the outputs from my current and future sample PC's.

    I wonder if anyone else is using this approach? I believe that professional composers (e.g. at MV) often use ProTools for mixing, separately from their sequencing DAW.

    Curious about your comments!

    Cheers,
    I have a separate system for Sequoia.
    Peter L. Alexander
    www.professionalorchestration.com
    www.alexanderpublishing.com
    Learn it right the first time.

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    Re: Anyone using a separate DAW for mixing only?

    I do...... here is my setup -

    3 PC's with RME Hammerfall DSp 52/96's running 24channel's ADAT Out
    (1 Sonar (Virtual Instruments) & 2 Giga PC's)

    Into

    1 Mac G5 running Protools 7.1 w/ (5) 192's using all ADAT inputs. - Procontrol

    Works awesome! Especially for writing. I have all the outputs of the PC's running into seperate inputs on Protools when done writing just hit record on Tools - 72 tracks! Start mixing... Not the cheapest route...but rock solid when you need to bounce between projects and crank out cues like crazy.

    Rob King

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    Re: Anyone using a separate DAW for mixing only?

    Along the same lines of using something different to mix, how many of you guys are using a summing box to mix?

    I know...I know.... It entirely different then mixing on another DAW, but it's related to the topic.

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    Re: Anyone using a separate DAW for mixing only?

    I sequence in SONAR or ACID, but generally mix in Vegas.

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    Re: Anyone using a separate DAW for mixing only?

    Same as Bruce. Almost. I sequence in either energy-XT or ACID, and then mix in Vegas.

    -Tom

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