But you know, I've been doing a lot of work in Samplitude over the last couple years especially, and I've started to think a couple things.
- Mixing in the box is a good idea.
But it ain't repeatable. And it ain't cheap. And the fact is that the console isn't where your problems are. Your problem is that your music sucks. ;-)
Actually, your problem is probably your mic preamps, the quality of your players, how good your instruments are and that your music sucks. So buy better preamps, practice more, get a good instrument, and work on your music. Because:
- The thing you need to do anytime you've recorded something and it isn't quite sounding right is to put the sound through something expensive.*
But nowadays the software emulations of those kinds of things is pretty darn good. (I've been kinda thinking about getting an IK Multimedia Fairchild 670.)
So the problem is that you want to put your sound through "something expensive" but using a DAW over a nice analog mixer is not where your big problems are. Your big problems really are in the performance, if you've got that and you're using great preamps and converters, you can get your mix out of the box. Even if some or many or all of your tracks have to go through "something expensive". How is that? Well, it's like this:
- Software emulations sound really good nowadays.
And so I've come to this conclusion:
- Mixing in the box (Samplitude) is completely viable without external effects.
Are there exceptions to this rule? Yes. The SSL compressors from Waves do sound really good, and that's not a sound I've gotten yet from Samplitude. Also, the Samplitude noise reduction suite is fantastic but rather than replacing the Waves "Cedar" DNS system, it just does the things the Waves WNS does not do.
*I can't take credit for that -- that's an Alan Douches saying.