In the box, DAW based mixing has come on in leaps and bounds, and results can be incredibly transparent. The summing of audio signals can become problematic in a DAW though, especially as track counts rise – the maths involved in summing audio signals digitally can leave a stereo mix sounding flat and lacking separation.
the way that classic equipment has little quirks and characterful nuances creates what many regard as a superior sound
Not only can the harmonics introduced as channels are summed in the analogue domain give a mix a more musical sound and allow each channel to retain its separation in the mix, but the way that classic equipment has little quirks and characterful nuances creates what many regard as a superior sound.
Slate Audio’s Virtual Console Collection has two plugins, a mix buss and a channel, designed to be added to the master fader and each channel, respectively. Four classic consoles are emulated, and Slate claim the Collection ‘instantly takes on the character of an analog mixing desk’. It sounds tempting – and almost too good to be true, but Steven Slate’s previous form with the actual analogue summing box the FOLCROM is promising. Expect a review soon…