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EncoreBlade 09-30-2012 11:46 PM

Recording with interface, editing without?
Hey just wondering about this. I recently recorded some tracks with a friend and now I'm in the mixing process. I record on my laptop via a Tascam US-800 audio interface and Cubase 5. When I record, I usually set the driver to record at 24/96 instead of the default 16/44. Anyways, I have about 10 tracks in total that I intend to mix into a song and I was wondering if editing them without plugging in my interface/driver is a viable way to edit them?

As far as the kinds of tracks I plan on mixing, it's :
2 Vocals
2 Acoustic Guitars
1 Bass Guitar
1 Piano/Keyboard (Midi)
1 Violin/Orchestral (Midi)
1 Synth (Midi)
1 Percussion - Drum and Snare (Midi)
1 Percussion - Hihat/Cymbals (Midi)

lockwolf 09-30-2012 11:48 PM

You don't have to keep it plugged in but I recommend leaving it plugged in and hooking up a good set of speakers/studio monitors to it. Theres no way you're going to get a good mix with laptop speakers.

EncoreBlade 09-30-2012 11:58 PM

I've actually got a pretty decent pair of studio headphones that I use since I don't have any monitors. Besides that, it would still be ok to edit without having to plug in my interface/change drivers?

fastlanestoner 10-01-2012 08:30 PM

If your DAW allows for it you don't have to have the interface on, but the monitoring is WAY better through it than your soundcard

kyle62 10-01-2012 08:54 PM

You can mix how the hell or wherever the hell you like. There's no requirement to mix through the same signal chain you recorded with.

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