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    I know this is old, but the workflow he describes seems odd to me.

    Basically, track to tape... fly into protool... make all mixing decisions and program all automation based on protools playback... swap back to tape and let tape run through the automation.

    Is that how you dudes used to do it?
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    Default Re: Tape vs Digital

    https://youtu.be/D3NQfsOpJW0?t=56m42s

    **Disclaimer... Bad thread name. Not meant to be which is better**

    I know this is old, but the workflow he describes seems odd to me.

    Basically, track to tape... fly into protool... make all mixing decisions and program all automation based on protools playback... swap back to tape and let tape run through the automation.

    Is that how you dudes used to do it?

    Sounds ass-backwards. Record to tape, fly it into the DAW.
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    Ive only had the opportunity to track/rough mix with tape. Sounded great, but took close to 2 weeks for the machine to be serviced.

    Iirc, we just synched pt and the tape machine together, and dumped it all into pt
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    The part where he makes his mix based on what his DAW is spitting out, then dumps it to a completely different media (where it will likely change) and hopes for the best ... yeah, seems odd. But beyond that, I can only tell you stories of how I've seen others do it. Mostly like what John describes. Record to tape, dump to DAW, mix, print. I'm sure there are other flavors.

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    If you run the audio off tape but back through the A-D to use the pro tools automation, how is that not exactly the same as just playing back the audio you've ALREADY run in to pro tools???

    its the same A to D
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    If you run the audio off tape but back through the A-D to use the pro tool automation, how is that not exactly the same as just playing jack the audio you've ALREADY run in to pro tools???

    its the same A to D
    I thought he said about writing automation on the board, no? The idea was to avoid tape wear etc.
    So you use PT as a playback machine while you're doing your mix and when it's done print from tape playback.
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    I'll add a couple comments:

    You never want to lock the machine to the digital because you'll get a massive increase in flutter.

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    Ive only had the opportunity to track/rough mix with tape. Sounded great, but took close to 2 weeks for the machine to be serviced.

    Iirc, we just synched pt and the tape machine together, and dumped it all into pt

    Let me guess - it had been quite a while since the machine had been maintained?

    What kind of machine was it?
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