Recently, I got really curious about having hybrid mixing setup (not that I am professional mixing engineer) and checked a lot of videos on the web and found out these two routes that may work pretty good for me in the future:
-16 or more I/O channels Analog mixing console, Outboard gears, DAW (Cubase)
-Standalone-capable FX digital mixer that has analog console taste, Outboard gears, DAW (Cubase)
At the moment, I use my Cubase as main DAW, routing all synths through MG124CX (small mixer): recording individually and also use its internal quirky digital FX (recording it 100% wet on Cubase), Avalon 747sp as outboard compressor and EQ.
The thing is I do not have any audio Patchbay set up yet, so I do this all manually one track by one.
Then I saw this vid,
*Not sure if it is ok to share a youtube video hope you don't mind: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10Q01Ko-6Es&list=PL5bo9VZGcUJa81yEvOVAQUOn88G8ppwki&index=1
And I thought to myself, maybe someday I would love to set up my home studio like this above, (workflow looks fast and convenient).
A decent used analog mixing console like MX-8000 is pretty affordable nowadays and analog console seems a bit cheaper than the advanced digital mixing console.
I really enjoy recording FX return on my Cubase through MG124CX (though it is really a cheap mixer) by fiddling with my fingers and that human-automating feel triggered me to switch my setup one day.
I sort of summarized my own list of pros and cons (correct me if I am wrong):
Hybrid mixing setup with a fully analog console (like MX-8000, A&H Zed-24 the typical analog console)
- Less DAW dependent
- More sound-orientated, less DAW visual driven.
- FX and EQ adjusting on the spot
- Many many cables
- Needs a bigger room
- For the full potential, may have to buy more outboard gears for specific and multi-tasks... ($$$)
THEN, I also found a possible alternative option,
Getting a standalone mixing console/mixer like Studiolive 16 or QU-16.
So to wrap up, the questions are,
- Will I enjoy having a 'mini' hybrid setup if I dedicate myself to install it? (it may not have to be as grand as the video above, but smaller version) or am I totally fooled and not ready yet...? What are your CONS?
- If anyone is having a hybrid setup with advanced digital mixing consoles similar to Studiolive 16 or QU-16 that have its own capability of mixing on its own, dedicated DSP plugins such as EQ/CompressoReverb/Delay, etc, how good does it work for you? do you also tend to use its own FX plugins? or is it not good?
Maybe just in case I would share my current setup:
- Cubase, RME UFX, Avalon 747, MG124CX, grace design 101, Midiface 8x8, a few analog synths
What will you be doing with this PC? Be as specific as possible, and include specific games or programs you will be using.
Writing orchestral music on Cubase for film. No audio recording will be taking place on this pc. No Gaming either.
What is your maximum budget before rebates/shipping/taxes? £1000 absolute
When do you plan on building/buying the PC? Note: beyond a week or two from today means any build you receive will be out of date when you want to buy.
Around Black Friday
What, exactly, do you need included in the budget? (ToweOS/monitokeyboard/mouse/etc)
Everything. Mouse, Keyboard etc.
Which country (and state/province) will you be purchasing the parts in? If you're in US, do you have access to a Microcenter location?
If reusing any parts (including monitor(s)/keyboard/mouse/etc), what parts will you be reusing? Brands and models are appreciated.
Will you be overclocking? If yes, are you interested in overclocking right away, or down the line? CPU and/or GPU?
No to both.
Are there any specific features or items you want/need in the build? (ex: SSD, large amount of storage or a RAID setup, CUDA or OpenCL support, etc)
1TB SSD, My template takes a lot of processing power so a decent CPU(R9 3900x would be optimal but I may be pushing it with this budget) and 32gb RAM. This isn't for gaming so GPU can be as cheap as possible.
Do you have any specific case preferences (Size like ITX/microATX/mid-towefull-tower, styles, colors, window or not, LED lighting, etc), or a particular color theme preference for the components?
I'm a simple man, nothing fancy needed.
Do you need a copy of Windows included in the budget? If you do need one included, do you have a preference?
I don't think so?? From what I can tell the free version is basically the same but if I'm wrong please correct me.
If there's any questions I'm happy to help. Thank you in advance.