Benefits of Using Proper Digital LevelsI was browsing some various message boards recently, and ran across a post titled “The Reason Most ITB Mixes Don’t Sound as Good as Analog Mixes.” If you’re anything like me, this is probably very intriguing to you. I realized almost immediately after starting to mix on an analog board (first my Soundcraft Ghost 32 LE) that my mixes sounded more open, deep, and punchy than when I had mixed solely in Pro Tools. It could be argued that my mixing skills had improved, but I remember very distinctly the first mix that I did on the Ghost just having a different “sound” and more life to it (this was a remix of a song that I had originally mixed in Pro Tools).
There are endless discussions and debates that can be found all around the web regarding mixing ITB vs. OTB, using a console vs. a summing box, and everything in between. Personally, I really like using a console, but as far as I’m concerned, you can’t beat the instant recall-ability of doing things ITB. For me, however, it comes down to sound, and in my experience, external summing on a board just sounds so much better than Pro Tools summing that I’m willing to put up with having to take great care to document all of my settings in order to recall mixes. Read more