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Chris Cowie Live Performance Console Mixing

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Published on Mar 18, 2012

I have made many records using this method which is basically creating the arrangement of the song using the consoles faders, mutes and EQ in real time. It seems not many people have. One Note bale exception I know of is Laurent Garnier. There is no arrangement on the sequencer time line, its simply a four or eight bar repeating loop and YOU create the arrangement in real time using the faders, mutes, aux sends, and knobs on your synths as you mix the track down to a stereo recorder or in my case back in to a stereo track kin Cubase.

Making performance based records is what software like Ableton live can have you do but the reality is far different, because even today with all those wonderful virtual controllers nothing can beat man, woman, and machine working in perfect harmony. It's been ten years since I did this due to having been working entirely within the computer all those years and for ten years I have missed working like this, I'm going to start making more records like this again. Of course depending on the complexity of the song it isn't always possible and, I can tell my chops are a little rusty (hence the quite basic tune), but check back later and Im sure you will see the skills will have been increased. Oh, and be sure some mixes can be frantic affairs, this was a walk in the park. But still, much better than spending six hours arranging something like this on your daw.

Eqyuipment Used
Akai ASQR10 Sequencer
Moog Voyager RME
Doepfer Dark Energy
Korg Monotribe
Ensonqi DP4
Nerve VST Drum Machine (Fantastic VST drum machine btw)
Macke ONYX 24 (Fantastic built in analog compressor on the buss. Not Boutique, but oozes character)
Cubase 5 for the stereo recordings
And a human being for the automation system :)

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