DaveyG wrote: ↑
19 Dec 2021
selig wrote: ↑
18 Dec 2021
Or maybe I'm in the minority wanting to be able to still be able to tweak a synth during the final mix while still having the mixing tools that are on par with the creation tools in one app.
And that right there is both the strength and the weakness of modern DAWs. They allow and even encourage you to fiddle with every element of a song even at the mastering stage if you choose. We'd all finish more songs if we could adopt a stricter separation of the tracking -> mixing -> mastering sequence but maybe it would be less fun.
I get better results if I bounce all tracks to audio for the final mixing and mastering. It focusses the mind and and it's handy to have everything as audio for archiving anyway, especially if you think you might want to revisit the song in a few years time when the DAW, the plugins and probably the PC/Mac have all been changed/updated.
We are all different, so I of course disagree with "we ALL finish more songs if…" statement because it's not true for everyone.
When I started, there wasn't an option to tweak into the mix/master stage. But these days, using Reason (which DOES have this ability to some degree), I am MORE productive. But that could simply be I already have the discipline to finish things, which is a totally different thing than what we're discussing (DAW features) and something everyone can learn - but not if they don't practice!
This idea that options reduce productivity comes up in many forms, like folks always quantizing (because they can), or always recording to a click (because they can), and of course folks endlessly tweaking - because they can. If you practice NOT doing this as a matter of course, and only doing it when needed, you can improve all around IMO. But I only say that because it's what worked for me.
Finally, this does not contradict what I said earlier about wanting to do it all in one DAW - it matters not if you do it in one file or spread it to multiple. You could even take if further and separate tracking and overdubbing as was done in the past, IF it helps you get better results in the end.
This reminds me of my idea for a new DAW that allows doing what you do without needing a separate bounce stage, keeping it all in one file but separating the processes as you've suggested - but that's for another topic!
So if drawing a hard line gives you the discipline you lack when there are soft lines, more power to you - do what works, as always IMO.