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mod 8 - send effects

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    Posted: 21 Jan 2015 at 12:05am
Another question for you Rob:
When applying effects, how should I decide whether to apply fx to individual sound(s), or to use a send effect group?

It seems it would be good general practice to use send effects all the time...
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Yeah, it does give you more control with a send effect. However, it depends what sort of thing you're trying to do. An insert is better if you want to shape the sound's frequencies of dynamics, e.g. filter or EQ it, or compress it (although parallel/send effect compression is becoming increasingly popular). In those cases, you need to process the sound on the track directly.

I often put effects like chorus and delay on a return track, as they're generally better set to fully wet with a separate level control on the return track allowing you to blend in some of the processed sound, without having to reduce the non-processed sound on the track itself. Also, if you want to do more complex send effect processing, where you're only processing one band of frequencies, e.g. the top or bottom end of a sound, then you definitely need to use a send effect - so, put the effect on a return track and have a filter before or after it.

Other than that, send effects are good for gelling sounds together. If you process a lot of tracks in your mix with a particular send effect then it will help create a more unified and cohesive sound.
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