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    What is a summing box?

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    I heard about summing box mixing vs. analog console mixing.(overhearing engineer conversation) and I was lost. What is a summing box?
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    Interesting, I would assume it has something to do with in the box mixing but I am definitely going to look it up!

    Edit: Wow, if you have a multiple channel audio interface you can hook it up to another bit of kit "Summing Box" that is great for people that use software to mix audio.

    Has anybody used one of these? If so what was the result, I would be interested to know!
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    okay I still dont get it. Im bout to see if I could find some more info though
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    It's basically a mixer with every function stripped away...except the summing bus. It just combines the already-mixed signals into a 2-track, the claim to fame being that digital summing (ie. rendering from your DAW) doesn't sound as good as doing it on, say, a SSL desk. One of those high-end things that even the high-end guys don't really agree over...some say the difference is day and night, some say it doesn't matter much at all.
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    What's a SSL Desk?

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    Quote Originally Posted by axxed334 View Post
    What's a SSL Desk?
    SSL Console, a top end mixing console could cost upwards of $1000000.
    Most pro studios will use something like that. In the box mixing is creeping up though I like being able to do everything on a computer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by krushing View Post
    It's basically a mixer with every function stripped away...except the summing bus. It just combines the already-mixed signals into a 2-track, the claim to fame being that digital summing (ie. rendering from your DAW) doesn't sound as good as doing it on, say, a SSL desk. One of those high-end things that even the high-end guys don't really agree over...some say the difference is day and night, some say it doesn't matter much at all.
    so you would mix ITB using pro tool and then export it running it through the summing box...? and its supposedly going to give you a better sound than digital? is that how that works? If so i still dont get it...cause i'm thinking you mix in Pro tools send the mix from pro tools into the summing box...and then back to pro-tools..I mean where dose the signal go after the summing box...I can only guess back digital, if it dose whats the point...? just so your not bouncing in PT
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    What is a Summing Bus? Summing busses take a series of tracks and "sums" them into a single track.
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    isnt that the same thing as a group buss...or master buss?
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    Quote Originally Posted by LeodPenrose View Post
    so you would mix ITB using pro tool and then export it running it through the summing box...? and its supposedly going to give you a better sound than digital? is that how that works? If so i still dont get it...cause i'm thinking you mix in Pro tools send the mix from pro tools into the summing box...and then back to pro-tools..I mean where dose the signal go after the summing box...I can only guess back digital, if it dose whats the point...? just so your not bouncing in PT
    The point is that the summing is done in that magic box, even if the 2-track goes back to digital domain afterwards. Of course, you could have some kind of a master recorder after the summing box as well...

    So basically, yeah, it's like the master bus (or a group bus for that matter - both do the same thing in this context).
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