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Preparation for Mixing

Before you begin mixing there are several steps you must take in order to be prepared. Depending on what type of mix you are creating, whether a stereo or surround mix, there are several considerations to be made regarding speakers, their placement, and with the input and output configuration of your Pro Tools mixer.

The I/O Setup

The I/O Setup in Pro Tools is a very helpful section that is often overlooked (See Figure 8.1). Choose Setups > I/O Setup to access this feature. Here you can create custom names for different inputs, outputs, and even buses that you would use for certain purposes. For instance, the first six outputs of your system can be labeled as 5.1 Surround Mix. The next pair could be called Pro Logic Stereo, and so on. Now, each time you select an output for a specific track, Aux send, or Master fader, you will see 5.1 Surround Mix and Pro Logic Stereo as available options. It is possible to label all your inputs and hardware inserts with the devices that are connected to them, such as Line 1, Synth 3, Plate Reverb L, and so on.


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