Building the ultimate 500-series mixing channel strip Jan 19, 2023 23:27:25 GMT -6
Post by copperx on Jan 19, 2023 23:27:25 GMT -6
For the longest time, I've had the illusion of having a one-stop-shop analog mixing strip so that I can shape any individual track with eq and compression, and finally I'm able to do it (to a reasonable degree). I have selected a few modules to build and/or buy.
I have ordered an API 8-slot high current rack, and I want to limit myself to those 8 slots for eq, compression, and mix buss duties. All modules will be daisy-chained (except for the mix buss compressor), so I can use one module or a combination of them as needed on a single track. Later on, I will add a patchbay to easily change the order of the modules. If a track in the DAW requires shaping, I would send the track to this rack, so I can pick and choose the appropriate treatment. In other words, I'm not going to use the modules separately, but in series like a chain of plugins on one track.
I'm trying to figure out how do I maximize my sonic shaping options with the least amount of money and modules.
Here is my plan, but I'm not sure if I am maximizing my sonic palette, or if I have any redundant units. Or maybe there exists a module that can replace one or two that I'm not aware of?
I will not be doing any tracking, just mixing, so there is no need for preamps.
Form the D/A converter, the signal will go to a GAP 1173 Premier clone LINE input for color, with a FMR RNC on the insert for utilitarian compression needs, then it will go to the API rack planned below.
API Rack slots:
- 1: JLM EQP500A (For Pultec-style broad shaping)
- 2: SSL 4000 black eq clone (for precise shaping)
- 3: SSL E-channel dynamics clone (for gating drums and general compression duties)
- 4: Hairball 1176 Rev A (For vocals and anything requiring FET compression)
- 5: Audioscape V3A (Guitars and other OPTO duties)
- 6: CAPI 528 ML2 (for HP and LP filtering and coloration, and fader before A/D conversion)
- 7: SSL Bus Compressor (not daisy chained, this is just for the mix buss)
- 8: SSL Bus Compressor [2 slot unit]
What would you do? Would you get rid of the Pultec and replace it with a Neve 1073-style or API 550A eq? Does that broaden my palette?
Or what about replacing both the Hairball and the V3A with a single Tonelux TX5C or a Great River PWM compressor? Those appear to be really flexible, and the Tonelux seems that it can do the 1176 thing convincingly.
I wish I could also fit an AML diode bridge 52F50 compressor, but alas, the unit is two slots wide, and I'm not sure it brings anything too different to the party.
I'm also thinking that I might be better served by replacing the SSL Bus Compressor with a pair of CAPI VP28s for coloring the mix buss. That might be more useful than the actual compressor. A poor-man's Silver Bullet.
I'm sorry, it's a lot of questions. But any thoughts will be greatly appreciated.