A word about the rules. Questions about using tracks and such..
The degree to which you choose to 'follow the letter of the law' is your on choice. A reasonable argument can be made that DIs are not necessary (as they are intended to re-amping) and the Bus tracks were added as an option. It's kind of how much you want to make things difficult for yourself. I'd suggest for the more skilled mixers it'd be a good idea to make things as difficult as possible. For the beginners, absolutely drop DIs/Bus tracks if you see fit.
There are no prizes here. The challenge is an opportunity to test yourself and learn. It's not about impressing anyone or proving who's the best. It's simply an exercise to force yourself to think differently about mixing, plugins, processing sound, etc. The more stringently you follow the rules, the more you will test yourself. You more you will learn.
We're not checking anyone's signal chain so if people sneak some compression into their mix - they're simply cheating themselves and depriving themselves of an opportunity to learn. I'd also add that, those of us who have been doing this for a while, we can hear the difference between fader automation and a compressor (be it parallel or otherwise). There's certain punch, slap, and spank that can only be achieved by an audio signal hitting a compressor. Fader auto is cleaner with more fidelity to the source audio signal.
Given we're all working to the same tracks we also know the reference dynamics of all the tracks. We know how dynamic the bass line is and how much compression is possible by means of fading riding and at what point a compressor would be required to achieve really 'tight' results.
'The only true mountain in life, is the one you climb within yourself.'
- This reply was modified 4 years ago by Tobi.