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Thread LEXICON/CAKEWALK QUESTION

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1 LEXICON/CAKEWALK QUESTION
I purchased Cakewalk Homestudio 2004 xl about six months ago, and a Lexicon Omega interface about three months ago and am fairly new to recording. My band is heavy metal(bass,drums,vocals,guitar). Ihave a few questions about recording.

1) Can the Lexicon Omega be used as a mixer(does it have the capability) When I bought it I assumed as the advertisement said (everything you need in one component.) I do not have a mixing board yet is why I am wondering. I have been recording with it (one instrument on track at a time) with no problems but havent attempted mixing yet.

2) When I record, I go from the sound source(guitar,mics,etc) to the Lexicon to Cakewalk. I adjust the levels for recording. Do I do all the mixing in Cakewalk or does the recording have to go back through an external mixer? Am i Understanding right that you have to get all the tracks combined into 2 tracks in the mix? I have been told after the tracks are completed they have to go back to a mixer and mix all the tracks into 2 tracks( left and right, the stereo field) then I send those two tracks back to Cakewalk out of the mixer to be rerecorded. If this is not true could someone give me a diagram of the recording chain or elaborate on mixing. What is its funtion?


Any help would be great, thanks
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yes they are reffering to the mixer in the software...

what you would so is, within cakewalk, you would set all the levels and envelopes so that you have a mix you like, then there should be somekinda of mixdown function or option in the menu at the top, i have used cakewalk once, so this is just a kinda of general stab in the dark :)

you can send the audio files out of your cpu to an external mixer, but youd need a soundcard that can send how ever many outputs you would need, M-audio makes them...but thatd be a waste of money, when you can just do all the mixing within the software

i hope i answered the right question