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Mixing in Pro Tools®: Skill Pack, Second Edition by Brian Smithers

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Chapter 7. Automation

In the days before automated recording consoles—not that long ago, really—mixing a song was as much a performance as the recording of the original tracks. The engineer, aided by one or more assistants (sometimes even band members, on a complex mix), would have to reach, bend, stretch, twist, and generally dance about the control room to tweak levels on an inconsistent vocal, mute a guitar solo at the right moment, enable a delay for a special effect in the chorus, adjust an EQ to glue two different takes together, and pan various “ear candy” sounds around to catch the listener’s attention. Sometimes it was necessary to mix a song to two-track tape, section by section, and then splice the sections together. Heaven help the ...

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