Secrets to Audio Mixing Success: Stick to one DAW and set of plugins

b.) Use the plug-in as often as possible in your projects and never switch to another plug-in. This will allow you to know how the plug-in sounded like with your experimented settings.

3.) Upgrading DAW to a more recent versions – be careful with this. This is not to say that I am not in favor of updating DAW. Yes updating it is important to get the latest bug fixes and security patches. However, you need to be aware of the following:

a.) Upgrading DAW sometimes introduces or removes important features that you always use in the previous version. If you upgrade; you will face a lot of issues with respect to usability of the software.

b.) Upgrading DAW can probably make some of your plug-ins to be incompatible with the latest version. So if you are a big fan of plug-in “X”; it may not work anymore and you will be forced to learn and use a new plugin which can take some time.

Here is my recommendation if you find yourself confused whether you will upgrade your DAW or not:

a.) Do not immediately upgrade to the latest version of your DAW software. Instead, read carefully what changes have been made to the software. You can do this by checking to the DAW software website and read the recent release notes of the software.

If there are changes that can affect drastically on how you are normally using the software; then think twice before you upgrade.

b.) Read the recent reviews and ratings of the latest version of your DAW software. For example, in year 2005 I have Adobe Audition 1.5 installed in my PC; then came Adobe Audition 2.0 and more recent versions. However according to my own personal assessment; I find them very difficult to use because a LOT of changes have been made. So I simply stick to Adobe Audition 1.5.

Use the BEST of BOTH worlds

Some audio mixing engineers often record, mix and master in one DAW software. However if I encounter a multi-track or multi-channel project that require very low latency; I will record the tracks in Reaper.

For example; my audio interface is Saffire Pro 40 which is an ASIO device and can record simultaneous inputs then I will use Reaper to record the tracks.

But I cannot mix perfectly in Reaper because I still have to read a lot of documentations regarding its usage; so my solution is to import the 24-bit/96KHz or 24-bit/48KHz track to Adobe Audition 1.5 and then mix it there using the plug-ins I know for more than 5 years.

Record the tracks in Reaper and Mix in Adobe Audition

Record the tracks in Reaper and Mix in Adobe Audition

Content last updated on August 6, 2012