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Pro Tools LE® 8 Ignite!: The Visual Guide for New Users by Andrew Hagerman

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Chapter 8. Basic Mixing

When it comes to DAWs, there are two schools of thought on mixing—mixing “inside the box” or “outside the box.” Mixing inside the box refers to making use of your DAW’s virtual mixer and virtual effects entirely within the Pro Tools environment. At any given time, you will listen to a summed (for example, stereo) output of your mix from your Pro Tools interface, and all the required processing is performed by your computer (the “box”). Mixing outside the box refers to the practice of assigning individual tracks to individual outputs of your Pro Tools interface, and from there to individual channels on a separate physical mixing board. The mixing and automation are performed by this external mixer, and Pro Tools is reduced ...

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