So I´m on a quest to make my workflow/sound as analog as possible.
I have Nebula 3 and the tape libraries from R2R as well as AlexB´s VBC for the bus and master sections and I´m about to buy Navy for preamp sound/EQ.
My question is this: If i´m trying to emulate a high end studio with a 8014 as the centerpiece, what would my mixing compressors be? For what I have read, the board had some compressors, but it wasn´t like the S*L 4K´s track compressors, but more like a bus compressors, especially since there seems to be like 4 or on a big mixer. So if I´m trying to recreate the N**e sound as much as possible, how should compression be handled in mixing? You would just compress the essentials with outboard compressors (1176, LA-2A...etc) as well as the board´s 2254 comps for busses? Is it common in the N**e sound that you don´t compress/process each channel as much as with the S*L, which has compressors and even gate/expanders on each channel?
IMO The N**e 8014 has compressors only on the 4 busses, no comp on tracks, but you can use inserts for external compression, or compress on tracking. That desk is from the early 70's, at that time I think compression was no so systematic (Alan Parsons often used no compression at all).
And in case you want to stay 100% true to a 8014, be aware that Navy EQ has different frequency choices and more bands/filters than a 1073.
But actually my question wasn´t really to copy 100% all the nuances (althogh I want to get as close as possible without going nutz!)
My question was more about understanding the board and the sound, and you just confirmed what I was suspecting. That part of the N**e sound is that you don´t compress every track, which is probably one of the things that make it sound open.
The S*L sound however seems to be more tight and processed (I have heard about people that would shoot you if you use their studio´s 4k and not use the master bus compressor ), which leads me to a bit of a problem, since I love compressing the heck out of everything but I also love the N**e sound...
manuel.soruco wrote:Yes! I´m officially a Nebula OCD!
...I want to get as close as possible without going nutz!)
...I love compressing the heck out of everything but I also love the N**e sound...
Just give in and go nuts. You're only delaying the inevitable otherwise
Why not both!? It's very common to track on a N**e and mix on an S*L. So, you could put Navy/AlexB's N series on first, and throw S*L stuff on after that. I love doing this, because you get the sweet, earthy fatness from the N stuff, and the punchy clear sound from S*L stuff.