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Old 08-26-2021, 09:35 AM
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Default Apollo>Outboard Gear(EQ)>Manley Variable Mu> back to DAW. HOW to set Up.

I'm using an Apollo 8X, with Pro tools. I want to set up some outboard gear. For the main mix out. Basically, before I send it for Mastering.
Mainly: Submix out> EQ>Compressor and back in.
How do I set this up? Does it work?
Also, I love the 8X, but would it make a difference (in sound) if I use a Burl ADC, to come back in?
Thoughts please.

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Old 08-26-2021, 12:49 PM
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Default Re: Apollo>Outboard Gear(EQ)>Manley Variable Mu> back to DAW. HOW to set Up.

2 ways to do this:
#1- Simply send the mix out via any pair of outputs(but NOT the main outs). Connect the outputs of the Manley to any pair of inputs on the Apollo. Assign to a new stereo track(pay attention to routing so you don't create a feedback loop) and record the signal.

#2-Create a 2-channel hardware insert with a matching pair of IO(IOW, inputs 7&8 paired with outputs 7&8). This happens in the IO setup>Insert tab. Add the hardware insert as you would any other insert(plugin), tweak to taste, Bounce Mix.

More thoughts:
re the Burl converter, try it and see if either sounds better(I would bet the Burl will win, but maybe not by a lot).
re adding stuff to the master track before sending it to mastering; that's traditionally NOT a good practice(because it can get in the way of what the ME wants to do). In this case, I would send 2 versions of the final; 1 with NO processing on the master and 1 WITH your processing as an example of what you are looking for(and tell the ME what you used).

Regarding delay compensation; in either scenario, it doesn't matter because the final mix doesn't need to be sample-accurate to the original tracks, and inserts on the master are not compensated for anyway.(I know you didn't ask, but someone else might be curious)
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Old 08-28-2021, 05:36 AM
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Wouldn't clocking issues arise using two different converters for the ins and outs?
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Old 08-28-2021, 10:28 AM
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Wouldn't clocking issues arise using two different converters for the ins and outs?
The Burl would need to be clocked with the Apollo, for sure. I made the assumption that the OP already knows about clocking if he owns the gear(but you do raise a good point)
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