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Why is a summing mixer worth it? Can a summing mixer plugin do the same as analog one?

Simply there is a magic that happens when a signal is passed through the analog circuit, a beautiful imperfection that can’t quite be matched by a plug-in. In my view, ‘color’ refers to the saturation, harmonic distortion, or subtle tonal shift introduced by analog equipment during mixing or signal processing. We use the term ‘color’ when this alteration enhances the sound in a musical, sweet, or pleasant manner.

How can I ensure my audio mix stays top-notch and doesn’t degrade like when I export-print it to a file?

If you’ve wondered about these questions, you’re not alone. Many others have experienced this issue, where their large mixes collapse in the digital domain. Nothing special, but quite annoying when a printed mix file sounds muddy in contrast to the pre-export mix. To keep your audio mix top-notch simply use a real analog summing mixer with ample headroom to preserve transients, saturation, and rich harmonics and add real analog big studio like sound.

Is analog summing important for audio quality?

VintageMaker’s uniquely designed analog summing enhance audio quality by adding warmth and harmonics, but its importance varies depending on your preferences and needs. It’s also crucial to learn some basic studio principles in theory and practice to get the best results from your analog summing box. Using an analog summing mixer can make your recordings sound more professional and avoid the ‘blurry muddy gray’ harshness, distortion, and squashed sound often associated with digital computer mixing.

So, how does this analog summing box thing really work?

Short answer: The SUM BUS (summing mixer) input resistor network creates a ‘Headroom’ for your audio, ensuring a secure space. This preserves instrument separation and panoramic positioning for a wide, deep 3D sound. With attentive (01-02dB step) gain staging and gentle analog harmonic distortion, you capture essential harmonics in the SUM BUS, which are then summed to a master stereo track.

VintageMaker High-quality analog equipments while designed for precision

introduces extremely small imperfections that create subtle harmonic distortion and intermodulation which is absolutely not found in digital summing. This is common in the professional analog world. Surprisingly, our ears appreciate these imperceptible inconsistencies, adding ‘color’ and harmonic character to the sound.

The VintageMaker summing mixers are optimized for high headroom and low noise

Allowing for a clean and dynamic mix. Analog summing also offers higher resolution and avoids rounding errors and digital distortions that can occur in digital systems. Overall, analog summing provides a number of advantages over simple DAW bounce-functions.

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Customer says:

As a happy customer, I can confidently say that VintageMaker summing mixer has become an integral piece of gear in my entire process. This effect is especially evident when summing huge tracks, where the difference between analog and digital summing is more pronounced. In my experience, even just summing 8 tracks in analog produces a much better sound than digital summing. Certain software, like Harrison Mix Bus, also does a great job of emulating this virtual summing effect, surpassing options like Protools and Cubase.

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When it comes to summing even more tracks, such as 16 or 24

the width and beauty of the resulting sound is even more pronounced. Summing 16 tracks in analog creates a wider and more immersive sound, while 24 tracks sound incredibly wide and beautiful compared to only 8 tracks summed in this way. Overall, I highly recommend VintageMaker for anyone looking to add depth and richness to their mixes through analog summing.

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