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    Using outboard gear AFTER tracking to DAW

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    I have no idea how I would use outboard gear(compression, EQ) after I've tracked through my audio interface and into digital. I kind of want to get some outboard gear(better sounding stuff than plug-ins), but I'm deathly afraid of adding effects while tracking and then having an irreversible mess. How do pros use outboard gear in the mix when tracking onto a computer???

    Sorry if this is the stupidest question ever. This is just something that has been plaguing me for awhile and I haven't found the answer in any books or online yet.

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    Well..
    I usually have my motu2408mk2 "hardwired" to a lexicon lxp5 (outs 7-8 from motu and returns from the LXP to 7-8 inputs on the motu). If I want to use it, I use an auxillary send from the mixer in Cubase sx2 (you can assign the individual sends to interface outputs) to 7-8, then create a stereo return track monitoring inputs 7-8. I usually apply a limiter to the returns too, just in case.

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    Oh yes,
    if you got a crappy AD/DA, using outboard processing might do more harm than good. But then again, it's just so much more fun
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    If you scroll down on this article there's a section called "Using Hardware Effects For Your Software Mixdown"

    http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/jul0...areeffects.htm

    I imagine you'd want some pretty decent conversion and some pretty special outboard gear to make it worthwhile.

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    unfortunately I'm using a Presonus Firepod.....so maybe I should start saving for that Rosetta instead of that Distressor, eh?

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