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Sound FX by Alex Case

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Automated Mix 15

″Life′s the sameI′m moving in stereo.Life′s the sameExcept for my shoes.Life′s the same,You′re shaking like tremolo.Life′s the same,It′s all inside you.″

— ″MOVING IN STEREO,″ THE CARS, THE CARS (ELEKTRA/ASYLUM RECORDS, 1978)

No study of recording studio effects would be complete without the careful consideration of mix automation. The power of studio effects cannot be fully realized without it. This chapter is a tutorial on mix automation, appropriate for any automation system, analog or digital, on a console or in a digital audio workstation.

15.1 Unautomated Mixing

So what is so automatic about automation? An automation system plays back an engineer′s mix moves, however elaborate, automatically. That is all automation can ...

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