Academy Dashboard Forum Production Mixing Mixing in the box course question

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    David Ruby

      I love the course indeed but have a question. Warren didn't show any gain staging at the beginning of setting tracks up. His console faders were all zeroed out as expected by most, but I was curious if he does any gain staging before the rough mix. I am so used to seeing the pre fader gain stage at -12 0r -6 of the tracks with the fader at 0. Thanks Warren and everyone else here for input. You guys rock!!!

      Todd Mitchell

        David, I don't know, but I'm guessing he does some gain staging during recording based on the multi-tracks he supplies.

        A lot of people also use the gain on the track without using the faders much (I use Cubase and there are two ways to do this). For example, I certainly use the faders, but if I'm losing too much real estate, I'll alter the gain so that I have more space to move them around.


          I am one of those people that likes to try to leave the faders near to unity as much as possible by using Airwindows Purest gain (the cleanest gain that I am aware of) as last insert in chain, but try to maintain the -12dbfs all the way up to it unless a guitar plugin or some type of emulation plugin calls for a hot signal, but generally Inwill immediately turn it back down to -12 peaks again as soon as I can. I like working this way because generally by the time I mix every track in together my mix bus is peaking around -6 which gives me a couple decibels freedom for riding and A few spare for mastering.

          But the tracks for Love Me I'm Rich, the song I think you are talking about are perfect for mixing IMO, I normally have to do quite a bit of gain staging for all warrens other tracks so I'm going to assume he already did this for us off screen.

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