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  • WindowsPerson
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    to use vsti's or wav files...
    that is the question... I recently bought "mastering in pro tools" and "mixing pop in pro tools." Even though I don't use pro tools (I use reaper) I have found these 2 videos to be really excellent. Both of them have brought up the same question for me though. Why do all of the tracks in these videos contain wav files? I ask because usually everything except guitars in my compositions are done using vsti's. Is there an advantage to using wav files instead? I know processing power is an issue, but my computer never complains. So, my better guess is that it may have something to do with fixing phase issues? Hey, if it's better to use wav's instead - then that's what I'll do. It's just that I hadn't given it much though before. The videos I'm talking about begin with all tracks containing wav files, and make no mention of vsti's being used earlier in the workflow. Thanks!
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  • WindowsPerson
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    Joined: Apr 14th, 2012
    Re: to use vsti's or wav files...
    mmmmm... I wonder - did I post in the wrong place for this question? Anyone? Even a response from an admin would be helpful.
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  • Rounik Admin
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    Joined: Dec 16th, 2006
    Re: to use vsti's or wav files...
    Hi WindowsPerson, Excuse the late reply. These courses show the mixing process after real instruments have been recorded. As they've been recorded as audio they're on each track as audio. Many producers would also recommend that after composing and recording (audio and/or MIDI instruments)... rendering each track to audio for the mixing process. As you mentioned it's better as it uses less processing power and if you pass this project on be mixed outside your studio, the mixing engineer doesn't need to have access to all the VSTi's you used to create the original sounds. Hope this helps :) Rounik
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  • WindowsPerson
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    Joined: Apr 14th, 2012
    Re: to use vsti's or wav files...
    Thanks for the reply. I guess the way I was doing it was saving HD space, but if producers do it with wavs, then that's what I'll do. Besides, sometimes a vsti skips a part during the rendering process which really sucks if you don't catch it afterwards.
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  • Rounik Admin
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    Joined: Dec 16th, 2006
    Re: to use vsti's or wav files...
    Yup! Having the sound rendered to a waveform provides you with a visual cue that a software/virtual instrument simply can't do - very useful when mixing to be able to see where there might be a spike or a quiet/loud section in the waveform. Having said that, sometimes this can be distracting too. At the end of the day always use and trust your ears :)
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