Performing the mix with BiG SiX
"That is the beauty of BiG SiX," she continues. "If you find your workflow, next thing you know, you are finishing pieces of music a lot faster than you would be sitting in front of a DAW just relying on plug-ins. BiG SiX lets me perform the mix and find the sweet spot in real time."
She says she uses the console as a key piece of the performance itself, much like a musical instrument: "When I was performing the music on Travelogue, I might have one hand on a fader with a synth solo, but when I get to a certain peak of a line or a melody, I can just ride that fader and push that sound. It will make the reverb come in closer to the listener and change the nuance of the song. BiG SiX gives me immediate control over my sound — it's a truly analog desk that just happens to have a digital I/O."
She says it took just a weekend to become acclimated on BiG SiX before making it a core part of her toolkit. "Anytime I get a piece of gear that introduces new possibilities, I just listen to music through it as a reference. Then when I am ready for my first session it is self-explanatory." Lisa says one of the first things she noticed about BiG SiX was its massive headroom and EQ functionality: "Its extremely high headroom allows for the detail of the original source to come through more naturally," she explains. "Also, the EQs are full of character — they can be extremely aggressive if you wish, or just good at smoothing out the edges if that’s all you need."