Inserts vs Effects Sends – Which to use for what

Many young engineers, and home recording enthusiasts, have never worked with an analog console before, and they only mixer they have ever used is that built into their DAW software of choice. They may have had no formal training, and thus may be unfamiliar with the way channel inserts and effects sends, or aux sends, are traditionally used, especially in the big studios with big analog consoles. While there is no right or wrong way to do anything, and modern DAW software and computers have enough power to do almost anything you want, there are reasons why the more traditional methods of using inserts and sends were established.

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Pre- or post-fader?

I use Cubase SX 3.  I have a question regarding where one would use an effect like Ozone in the stereo bus chain.  Should it be used pre-fader or post-fader.  In Cubase there are eight slots on the stereo output

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Phasing and phase correction

Doctor:I’ve recently become aware of phasing and attempts to correct it.  It’s a bit tricky.  An out of phase track or instrument really disappears when you listen to the final product.First of all, is it good to have some amount

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Mastering Madness!!!

Greetings Master of All-Things-Audio: I really need your help. About a year ago I had asked you which audio production software you liked, why, etc.  I chose Cubase SX3 and I really enjoy it -it’s relatively steep on the learning

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Why your mixes sound soft compared to commercial release

Recently I had an artist ask me why the mixes he does in his home studio sound so much softer than the commercially released music he buys. I thought that everyone already knew about the whole “loudness wars” craze that

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Better Mixes through Subtraction

One of the problems with recording technology today is that you can have pretty much unlimited audio and MIDI tracks. Today’s computers and hard drives are more than fast enough to easily handle 100 audio tracks or more, and virtually

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Using Reference CDs to improve your recordings and mixes

So, you’ve put a lot of time and energy into recording and mixing you latest and greatest song. You’ve finally got it to the point where it sounds great in your own studio and you can’t wait to play it

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Can You Really Do It All Yourself?

Recently, someone was thinking about buying a digital recording system and was wondering if he really could get major label quality results from a low budget home studio system.  He was specifically concerned about whether or not he would be

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Compression – A Simple Explanation

My simple explanation of compressors, how they work, and how you can use them. A compressor is basically a variable gain device that is used to either try to smooth out the dynamic range of a signal, or is also

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3D Mixing and the Art of Equalization

Here is a reply of mine to a person who asked about sound sculpting during a mix. Regarding sound sculpting, let me tell you about a very common mistake that beginners make during mixing (and sometimes tracking): An all too

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