Processing on the Way In

Ever consider processing on the way in?

Sure, you can use external gear like a compressor to process your audio before it is recorded. This is actually pretty standard among experienced professionals. But what if you wanted to shake it up a little inside the box? What about printing plug-ins?

Although this might not be the most practical way to do it in some cases (like with reverb, for example), it might actually be just the tool you need when working with, say, an amp model. By processing on the way in, you’re able to treat your amp modeled tracks just like you would if you had recorded with an actual amplifier. Here’s why it’s better:

1 – you save CPU by not having to have the plug-in on there (which is usually multiple times throughout any given session)

2 – you save time by not having to dial in a new plug-in each time

3 – you’ll have a much easier time in the mixing process if you “mix along the way” and add the effects that you know you’re going to add later on anyways

Screen Shot 2013-10-28 at 11.59.14 AMSo how do you do it efficiently? It’s easy – just set up an AUX track with the plug-in that you want to record with. Set up your input correctly, and send the output out a set of busses (say, Bus 1-2).

Then, set up a new audio track (which is where you’ll actually record) and set the input of that track to be the same Bus as the output of your AUX track with the plug-in on it (Bus 1-2).

Then, record enable your audio track and you’re set to record!

Have fun with this method – it might actually yield some pretty cool creative inspiration when you’re recording!