Recording Effects with a Computer-Based System - dummies

Recording Effects with a Computer-Based System

By Jeff Strong

If you decide that you want to record your instrument with effects and you have a computer-based system, such as Logic Pro, involves these steps:

  1. Select one of the buses from the Send selector in each track’s channel strip that you want to route to the effect.

    You can view a track’s channel strip in the Environment window (choose Windows→Environment if the window isn’t open) or in the Arrange window. To open a track’s channel strip in the Arrange window, click the track name in the Arrange window to highlight it. The channel strip appears on the left.

    When you release your mouse button after selecting the bus, the bus is listed, and a trim pot (knob) appears next to the bus number.

  2. Adjust the trim pot to a moderate level.

    Usually you should start with about –15dB.

  3. Double-click the bus number.

    You’re taken to the Bus Channel strip in the Environment window, where you can choose the effect to insert into the bus.

  4. By using the Insert selector pop-up menu in the Bus Channel strip, select the effects plug-in that you want to use from the Inserts pop-up menu.

    The Effect Plug-In window opens. Here you set your parameters, such as predelay, reverb time, and room type (for a reverb plug-in, for example).

  5. Play your track by clicking the Play button in the Transport window.

    Your session plays, and you hear the effect of your plug-in on your track. You can then tweak the plug-in parameters or the send level for your track as your song plays to get the sound that you want.

To record an effect with an analog mixer and a stand-alone recorder, you have to route things differently. You can do this one of two ways: by running cables from the master output of your mixer to the track input of your recorder or by creating a submix and connecting the recorder’s track input to the submix output on your mixer. Your owner’s manual should clearly explain these procedures.