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

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Chapter 10. Stems and Submixes

You’ve probably heard the terms stems and submixes before, but you may not know exactly what they mean. Don’t worry—nobody else does, either. Both refer to a subset of the total tracks in a mix, such as just the background vocals in a song or just the sound effects in a movie. The only thing resembling a rule regarding the use of the two terms is that stem is more often used in reference to sound for film and video, whereas submix is more often used in reference to music production. As rules go, it’s slightly less strictly observed than the one about using your turn signals when you change lanes—and way less important. In an uncharacteristic display of nonchalance, I will throw caution to the wind and use them more ...

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