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Using inserts and plugins

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Video: Using inserts and plugins

Okay, let's continue looking at the PSP ChannelStrip. I'm going to work with Fiddle. Let's solo that and bring up the ChannelStrip. In addition to the three main processors, the Expander, the EQ, and the Compressor, the PSP ChannelStrip is also where you will find the Insert plug-ins. Here in the Insert section is where you can add up to four plug-in effects. Now, I currently have ClassicVerb on the first insert. That's because we recorded the Fiddle with some Reverb, but by default all the Inserts should say None. So, you can tap None to see the available plug-ins, and you can see we have Classic and Convolution Reverb plug-ins, both Stereo and Mono, as well as Delay, Chorus, and ReTune plug-ins, all of which come with Auria.

Using inserts and plugins

Okay, let's continue looking at the PSP ChannelStrip. I'm going to work with Fiddle. Let's solo that and bring up the ChannelStrip. In addition to the three main processors, the Expander, the EQ, and the Compressor, the PSP ChannelStrip is also where you will find the Insert plug-ins. Here in the Insert section is where you can add up to four plug-in effects. Now, I currently have ClassicVerb on the first insert. That's because we recorded the Fiddle with some Reverb, but by default all the Inserts should say None. So, you can tap None to see the available plug-ins, and you can see we have Classic and Convolution Reverb plug-ins, both Stereo and Mono, as well as Delay, Chorus, and ReTune plug-ins, all of which come with Auria.

ClassicVerb is a very simple reverb effect module that isn't very taxing on the iPad's processor. It just has 4 Dials to adjust the Time, Filter, Mix, and Output levels. Selecting a reverb automatically turns it on. So, if I play this track, you can hear the effects right away in real time. (music playing) Now, when I close the Effect window, notice it's been added to the first position of the four available Inserts.

And they are selected, letting me know that the effect is being applied. So, if you ever want to hear the track without the effects, you can just toggle the In button off. Now, if you want to go back in and tweak the effect settings you've just applied, you can tap the E button. Notice that the settings are preserved, and I can continue adjusting the dials from here. Let's run through the other effects. I'll just tap the first menu again, even though you can add up to four effects. The next item is Convolution Reverb. This is a much more processor-intensive module, but it also gives you a lot more choice and variety inside of your reverb.

In addition to the setting dials that you can manually adjust, you can also select from several presets by tapping the name area that currently says Abbey Plate. And here, you can browse through to select from reverbs that mimic different locations and settings. (music playing) And of course, you can just use the presets as a jumping off point and continue adjusting dials from there.

So, maybe I wanted to do increase the Output or add a little bit more to the Mix. (music playing) And I'm just going to pull that Output down a little bit more. Now, if you find the combinations of settings you like, you can save your own settings, so you can easily bring them up later. Tap where it currently says Default and from here choose Save Preset. Give your sound the name that will remind you of what it's for or what type of effect it is. I'll just call this MyVerb.

And in the future, anytime you want to apply that exact combination of settings, just select it from this menu. Now, if you accidentally save a Preset or you just want to get rid of one you don't need, you can choose Edit Presets and then tap the Delete button next to the ones you want to remove. All right, so that's the Convolution Reverb. Next, we have PSP StereoDelay, which is a pretty advanced Stereo Delay and Echo Module. Again, you can manually adjust the dials to find the setting you like or you can select from some of the Presets. And before we do that, let me just switch back here and move things around a little bit, so I can jump back a bit.

(music playing) Now some of these sound pretty crazy, but you can reduce the amount of effect by dialing down the Wet dial. (music playing) We also have the PSP StereoChorus effect.

It actually looks very similar to the Delay, and it also comes with several Presets. (music playing) And the last effect is the ReTune module, which is a pitch correction module that's useful for when a vocal or instrument might be slightly out of tune.

By dialing in the Key, and this particular song is in A, you can use this module to nudge the tone of the performance more towards to correct key of the song. The Present menu in this case allows you to choose how heavy a hand to use in the correction. You might choose Basic Auto Tuning or even Extreme Auto Tuning. You will also find some fun effects like Darth Vader and Mickey Mouse. But the performances on this recording are pretty much in Key, so we don't really need this filter. If you want to remove a filter altogether, instead of just toggling the In button on or off, you can just None to move that Insert.

So, those are built-in effects modules. Again, you can apply up to four of them at a time and the order that you apply them does matter. Unfortunately, there's no way to shuffle the order once you've added them, so either you have to think ahead or once you land on some effect settings you like, be sure to save those settings as a Preset, so you can easily call them up. That you can change the order of the effects and use the presets to restore the settings you had. Now, in addition to the built-in effects, you can also access the Auria Plug-in Store from here. Here you can browse through the Plug-ins to see what other effects are available to purchase.

So, you can browse through the offerings here and they're always adding more. If you want to read more about any of them, just tap the name and here you can read about the plug-in, see a picture of it. And if it looks like something you want, you can tap the Price to purchase it. You will be asked to confirm that you do want to purchase it. You have to enter your Apple ID and Password, and you should see a message telling you, your Purchase was successful. And now if I go back to my project, I'll see that, that plug-in has now been added to the menu.

So that's a rundown of the Insert Plug-ins here in Auria. If you'd look to learn more about working with the Effects, check out the course on lynda.com called Foundations of Audio: Reverb, and Foundations of Audio: Delay and Modulation.

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