Summing is the process of combining all of the audio tracks for a mix down to a single stereo file. The DAW digitally sums the multitrack audio when a mix is being exported or bounced.
Analog summing adds a bit more depth and opens a mix up to hear the details better. Digital summing is perfectly calculated 1's and 0's to combine the multitrack. Analog summing has imperfections to make it perfect.
FUCK YEAH! Even if you plan to master the record yourself, analog summing for your mix will greatly enhance the overall quality of the mix you plan to master.
Make sure your mix is on point and ready to go before summing. You can always reach out to us if you have questions.
Demo Video of Analog Summing vs Bouncing a Mix from the DAW
We will take 8 stereo stems of your completed mix and do two different analog summing mix prints of your song. The stems that are submitted should be the complete mix in stem form. Think of it as sending us groups like the Vocal Stem, BG Vocal Stem, Kick/Snare Stem, FX Stem, Bass Stem, Melodic Stem, etc..
One of the stereo analog summing prints we will provide will be a solid state version. A clean, detailed and open summing print with minimal coloration. The 2nd analog summing print we will provide will be from out custom-made tube summing box. This print will have additional harmonic content and warmth from the tube saturation in the stereo sum print.
Since we are running the mix stems in real-time through our analog summing hardware we will be recording these stereo sum prints to DSD audio through our mastering converters and upsampling the audio in real-time. The final analog summing prints will be at 96khz 32bit.
What does all this mean? Its going to sound fucking dope!
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