Hey guys! I am mixing a rock record on a J9000 soon. The producer is a big time boy band guy. (nsync , backstreet, aaron carter...) We were discussing recalls which I am used to doing it the SSL way, recall the board. He said they use to just print everything to Pro Tools and do recalls that way. ??? What no board compression?
Okay, I am open to that, but I said we have to at least play it back thru the board.
His concern is speed and accuracy... Mine is rock-n-roll.
Why not just get a summing box and a stereo compressor? Find something with 24 inputs, strap an SSL or Alan Smart on the insert and mix in the box. You want accuracy and a way to play your tracks through some sort of console with a good summing matrix plus you get your stereo compressor. Like Bret said, is anyone going to be able to tell the difference? The way the plug ins are today you can emulate what you want out of the SSL. I know, the compressors on the SSL and the plug ins will never be exactly the same but knowing you you'll find a way to make it work.
Here's the other thing Paul, we're here for our clients needs. They hire us for our guidance, experience and ears but at the end of the day we are working for them and giving them what they want. All you can do is explain the situation and what you feel are the pros and cons of doing it this way. If in the end he still wants to do it that way so be it. You may or may not agree with it but if that were the case none of us would ever work because we all have disagreements in the way things should be done.
By the way, if you're mixing a rock record why are you doing it on a 9000J, why not on a 4000? Can't an arguement be made for that just the same? I know I just opened up another can of worms but I couldn't resist. Anyway, good luck with the mix, you'll be fine whatever ends up happening.
Since it's in Florida you need an assistant to go with you? Just kidding. Interesting that you tracked on a 4K. I would've done it the other way, tracked on the 9J and mixed on the 4K but I can't argue with the Florida thing. Have fun while you're down there is all I can say.