if you're asking me, No, I use CueMix, which henceforth shall be dubbed CuteMix for monitoring and input trim/gain purposes.
I send a bus in Cutemix to monitor my hardware in realitime so I dont have to listen to latent signals when working with my physical devices. That bus is actually the same set of physical outs that my master in Ableton is set to, I control the input trim to set levels for recording and then use the CuteMix faders to adjust the listening volume, like one would if he or she had a console and a recording rig separate. CuteMix offers the same type of functionality as having pre-fader direct outs.
Does a bus sent to the DAW not get patched to the main DAW out by default? The way I set it up in Logic that seems to be the case, as it shows in the main out mixer. So, I would think that you either need to mute the main out in cue mix or in Logic (I prefer the latter, unless you guys think there will be latency issues).
But what dobs said occurred to me as well. CueMix will double as a gain stage with line EQ and compressor pre any additional FX deemed desirable.
It's "dope" indeed, as you can dispense completely with any kind of hardware mixing console. But then we're back to the knobs and buttons kind of discussion.
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