Looking to see if anyone is getting good mixing results using the Channel Strip that comes with the Cubase mix console. And if so how are you going about it?
Let me start off by saying that I am far from being a mixing expert; I got back into the music thing after a very long hiatus and wanted to do more on the recording and production end of things this time around. It’s been a huge learning curve, things are a lot different than they were twenty+ years ago, so many options and great software (too much…) but I’m really enjoying it and working through the frustrations.
I’ve been trying to use the Cubase Channel strip as much as possible, at first I was a slave to the presets hoping that I would pick up some things from them. It just isn’t working out for me using stock or my own custom presets. Recently I did a trial with Izotope’s Alloy 2, I avoided its presets and tweaked a few things from scratch and almost instantly had decent results that would have taken me hours and hours with the Cubase Channel Strip. Yes, Alloy’s interface is great but I was doing the same settings for Compression, Saturation, ect… that I have done in Cubase, everything balanced so much smoother. Alloy 2 is not overly expensive so I may just purchase it. But if I do I’ll likely totally abandon all the things that came with Cubase, I upgraded from Cubase Artist to the full version because of all nice extras.
Is it me? Or are there some tricks out there? I use the Steinberg Dynamics plugins as one-off track inserts all the time and get along ok with them. So I believe that the stock Cubase Plugins are decent. So what is up with the mix console channel strip? The Envelope Shaper and Saturation seem to give me the most problems so I’ve been avoiding them all together.
Hoping someone can shed some light on things; I want to use what comes with my DAW and get better at mixing and sound. When I’m feeling good about my mixing results is when I’ll go out and get things like the Neve RND Portico plugins and maybe some real hardware . I’m a rookie so it would be a waste to do that now.
Thanks in advance!