OK guys, I have had a look around the web and can’t see an answer to this other than the ‘long version’ that i had already worked out in my head. I know if there is a better way, then this is the place to find out.
I have various individual channels, a parallel bus (for drums, but could have multiple of these lets say) and then a series of plate, mid and large reverbs. None of the reverbs are specific to the final ‘stem group’ I would export for stem mastering (and this may be the issues).
I get a great mix (this is hyperthetically!!), everything ready for mastering. I know stem mastering is better than a stereo file, so I now want to output stems. How do I do that so that each ‘stem’ group has the reverb for that stem within the stem? In other words, I wouldn’t be bouncing out a separate ‘reverb’ stem.
The only way I can think is that back in the mixing, I have separate copies of the same reverb settings, but for each intended stem (CPU ouch!). That way I can group all of the outputs I want into the one stem and output together. If I just solo’ don’t each group that i wanted, would I not get a different ‘summed’ sound in the mastering file due to things like the saturation not being pushed in the same way with less signal?
If you are using Cubase, what do you do to get from mixing, into mastering?