Brief report back…
X32 compact is really amazing. Quite difficult to get my head round and it has taken me a good couple of months to make some sense of it but I anticipated this. Now I have finally got it set up as a 16-in 16-out recorder with 3 electron boxes and a couple of cheapo synths (TX81Z and Volca Keys) feeding into various channels, and a distortion box as a send effect. I made the track below with “just” the X32 and electron boxes going into reason then a bit of post-processing in Ozone. But the main compression and all the mix channel EQ is X32, compression is the fairchild simulation in the X32 on the master bus which sounds great (in real life, probably overdone on the track, I’m notably bad at finding the right compression settings).
I only used Reason for recording channels then snipping up clips, no effects or EQ. I did try to get into Cubase at the same time but I am just quickest at building tracks in Reason, I should learn something else so I can use plug-ins but the X32 took enough figuring out…
The good thing about going 16 (instead of 32) in and 16 out is that you can use separate channel strips and faders for the in & out so you can do a bit of EQ on the way in as you record, and then go back out into fresh new channels and do further EQ’ing as you mix, WITHOUT changing the desk settings. You could do 32 in and then out as long as you pre-tapped the audio paths and then accepted it had to be played back through the desk at those settings to sound right, but I wanted to capture some EQ’ing initially into the DAW so I went for post-fader tapping. I am pleased with this feature (which I was not sure if the Qu-16 had, which swung the decision along with the excellent X32 effects) and it has ended up being useful, . I should say that I ended up using my analog 4’s audio interface to actually record the final mix down as I couldn’t figure out how to do the routing back into computer though I think it is possible!
Basically the X32 is helping me make music by tweaking knobs on machines outside the computer and making that quite easy or rather possible to capture in the computer. SO although I have had a lot of head-scratching moments I think it has been a success.
Anyway some amateur techno basically just hardware and the X32, below. If anyone has any mixing or mastering tips please fire away. Especially any frequencies that seem muffled or out of control. (I already know it lacks progression!.. a lot of my tunes are too formulaic with big ole breakdown etc so wanted it to be more subtle, ended up a bit monotonous … oh well) :
Sol 72 - Programmer