let me start by saying that i feel like this has already been touched upon in the forum, so if someone can find the link then you can list that instead of going through it once again (i looked for a while and couldn't find it). so here are my questions:
when i get done writing my piece, in this case Logic, what do i do now, in terms of bouncing everything to audio so i can mix it. should i pan all the instruments to the center then export them as audio files or leave them the way they are?
then, after deciding what to do with that first question i'm lead to this one: do i bounce all the groups of instruments? in logic when you bounce the tracks it will record all tracks of a software instrument to one audio track. so if i have strings and a french horn on one konakt player they will all be combined to a single audio file as opposed to each of them getting their own audio track(make sense?).
should i take the time to bounce every single track to a separate audio file? this would be a lot more work, because i would have to mute certain tracks on each bounce and so forth. but if it would help for a better end result then i'd love to take the time.
i am only asking this because i recently completed a piece that i was really proud of and i thought it was mixed pretty well... then i re-listen to the DPDAN rendering of the GPO contest winner from a while back, and i realized how poorly i did. i know that i won't get anything close to what people like dan can do, seeing as mixing isn't really my thing, but i'd sure like to try. i know that for me, and most of us in the forum, most of our music is only going to be what we make of it. we probably aren't going to get real orchestras to play them, and we probably won't even have a professional sound engineer mix them, so to make our songs what we imagine them to be we're going to have to go the extra mile. anyway, if anyone has any advice i'd greatly appreciate it if you could share it. thanks.