Introduction to effects: Inserts and sends effects
After we have finished with recordings and we are sure that we have performed our best for the specific project-song ,we are ready to start mixing. Mixing is a very beautiful,creative procedure ,that will take your song to a level,which will be ready to share it to the world,to share it with your family,your friends. Something that helps to improve the total image of our song is adding effects,What do I mean by saying improving the total image?
As I told you again in the past ,you can’t leave everything for the mixing process. You can’t say “I’ll fix it later on mixing”. You have better mixes by doing the less.For example if you have a demo song with a very beautiful vocal recording and an acoustic guitar, all you have to do is to give a touch of color instead of adding a bunch of colors to fill the grey tone of your mix.
That’s why we are using some effects ,that are categorized from their identity. Reverb, delay and echo are time based effects, though compression and distortion are dynamics effects.We are going to dive in each effect in upcoming blog posts and videos.As you can see in the photo below, we have a vocal recording and clicking on the “e” button ,which stands for edit, a new window appears and from here we can edit our recording.
Left on this window there is a column with 8 slots, titled Inserts. In these slots we “insert” plug ins that affects the signal itself. You can apply any plug in referring this recording and only.Adding too many effects on each track,that may be cause you some difficulties with your p/c power usage.
If you want to hear your recording without your effect ,you can do it using two ways without discarding the effect.The first one is simply by deactivating the channel and the second one is by passing the effect!
When it comes to sends effects, as you can tell from the name as implies ,that they are effects that are individual.They are not applied for only one instrument,but you can use it for many instruments you want! You must send the instrument to that effect! You can say that we create a copy of the signal that is sent to the specific effect.
In Cubase you have the abilioty to create an Fx track. In this track you can assign any effect you like such as reverbs delays ,etc and you can send to these effects any instrument(track) you like. It’s the same procedure to other DAW’s sort of, but the concept remains the same.All the the Fx tracks are placed to a folder called “Fx channels” in the Track list.
You can assign up to 8 send effects in every track without having any serious problems with your p/c usage power,because ,as I said earlier you can send to a send effect multiple tracks.