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Adding effects while recording

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Video: Adding effects while recording

In this video, I'm going to show you how to add Effects plug-ins to a track as well as how to setup an Effects Loop to use while recording. When we want to add an Effects over in the Edit window we should go over to the Edit Window View Selector button and choose Inserts A-E. That gives us five potential places for inserts on this track and a plug-in is an insert. So if we want to add a plug-in effect to this bass track, I can click on this first insert and choose plug-in and go down to Harmonic and choose the Fuzz-Wah and that opens up this Plug-in window.

Adding effects while recording

In this video, I'm going to show you how to add Effects plug-ins to a track as well as how to setup an Effects Loop to use while recording. When we want to add an Effects over in the Edit window we should go over to the Edit Window View Selector button and choose Inserts A-E. That gives us five potential places for inserts on this track and a plug-in is an insert. So if we want to add a plug-in effect to this bass track, I can click on this first insert and choose plug-in and go down to Harmonic and choose the Fuzz-Wah and that opens up this Plug-in window.

Now, we are going to talk about these plug-ins in other videos in this course, but I just want to show you how to actually add a plug-in. And if we want to choose one of the presets, just go up to the Preset button and instead of where it says factory default, choose one of these presets. And that's all there is to it. This plug-in is called an RTAS plug-in and that means that it's a real-time plug-in. So as soon as you press Play, that plug-in is going to affect the sound of this bass track. Let's hear it. (Music playing.) That's kind of fun. Now, if we want to keep that on there, but bypass the signal through the plug-in, let's just hit the Bypass button and you will hear the track without the effect. (Music playing.) I like it better with the plug-in. So, that's how you put a plug-in onto your track and you can actually record with that effect on the track. Now, let's go over to the Mix window and I want to setup an Effects loop. So I have got two Acoustic Guitar tracks here and I want to send both of these tracks to a Reverb plug-in.

So I'm going to setup an Effects loop. So the first thing that I need to do is in the Sends area of this track I need to create a send on each of these tracks and if you don't see the Sends area on your Mix window, go down to your Mix Window View Selector button and choose Sends and there is ten sends, A-E and F-J. We are just going to keep A-E selected here. So just click on this first Send here and choose a Stereo Bus.

I'm going to say Bus 9-10. That is basically a stereo pipeline for sending a signal somewhere else. I am going to put that same Bus selection on the other track. Now, we have got the controls for the Sends right here. If you don't see these in your session, then you should go to View > Sends and then choose Send A, which is where we have our first Sends here and that will show just the control for that.

So we can boost up the levels here and we can pan these. So I'm just clicking-and-dragging to pane. So what the Sends do is make a copy of the signal that's on this track and on this track and send them on a Bus. The Bus is like a pipeline and the pipeline needs to be received somewhere. So we need to create a new track and I'm going to create 1 Stereo Aux Input track and I want to receive the signal from these Sends on this Aux Input track. So I'm going to choose the input as the same Bus 9-10 as what these Sends are sending out on. So now I have a copy of the signal from both of these acoustic guitars tracks being sent on a Bus to this input and it's being received at this Aux Input track.

The last step we need to do for our Reverb Effects Loop is to actually add the effect. So we'll click on our Insert section and Add our D-Verb plug-in. So now we have these two tracks. Their dry tracks are being routed to the main outputs so those are unaffected because we don't have any plug-ins on them. But there is a copy of each of the tracks being sent here to the Aux Input and then those tracks are being affected by this D- Verb insert and then those effected tracks are coming out the Aux track here going to Analog 1 and 2.

So we have a mix of the dry tracks and the wet tracks or the effected tracks both going to the main outputs on the master fader track and let's hear that what that sounds like. (Music playing.) So you can hear the acoustic guitar tracks with and without the effect as I brought the volume up and down. You can control how much from each track goes to the Effects Loop with the Send controls and then you can adjust the overall output of the Effects Loop right here.

And you can set these up to run when you are recording a session as well as when you are mixing and we'll talk more about this in the mixing section of the course. But now you know how to set this up if you want to have a Reverb Effects Loop while you are recording. Now, one last thing to mention here is that if you are using a FireWire interface with Pro Tools like a 003 and you want to record with Low Latency Monitoring, Plug-ins and Sends on a Record Enable track are made inactive. So check this out, watch the Sends and these Inserts on this track, they will be made inactive.

So we'll check this off and then if I try and record enable this, the Sends become inactive and so this is already bypassed so we are covered for that. But that's what happens when you have Low Latency Monitoring and you try to record these tracks. If I unrecord enable these, you will see the Sends can be active again and we can make this unbypassed and it will be active.

So as you can see here adding individual effects and effects loops can make your recording sessions more fun and they might even inspire better performances. I'll cover more about using effects in the videos about mixing in this course.

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Pro Tools 8 Essential Training

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  1. 12m 54s
    1. Welcome
      1m 16s
    2. Exploring the different versions of Pro Tools
      2m 30s
    3. Optimizing your computer before installing Pro Tools
      3m 51s
    4. Troubleshooting
      3m 1s
    5. Using the exercise files
      2m 16s
  2. 23m 41s
    1. Connecting your Pro Tools system
      5m 8s
    2. Powering up and powering down
      58s
    3. Optimizing Pro Tools performance
      6m 55s
    4. Setting essential preferences
      3m 42s
    5. Creating a Pro Tools session
      3m 56s
    6. Identifying elements in a session folder
      3m 2s
  3. 47m 9s
    1. Exploring the Edit window
      4m 50s
    2. Exploring the Mix window
      2m 21s
    3. Exploring the Transport and Big Counter windows
      4m 0s
    4. Using the Color palette and window arrangements
      2m 55s
    5. Investigating Pro Tools menus
      4m 37s
    6. Creating new tracks
      4m 10s
    7. Understanding samples and ticks
      3m 36s
    8. Viewing and manipulating tracks
      5m 54s
    9. Adjusting the I/O setup
      7m 7s
    10. Understanding signal paths and gain stages
      3m 50s
    11. Utilizing keyboard shortcuts and keyboard focus
      3m 49s
  4. 30m 43s
    1. Using DigiBase and the Workspace browser
      5m 6s
    2. Importing audio
      5m 13s
    3. Importing MIDI
      3m 55s
    4. Importing session data
      6m 17s
    5. Importing tracks from a CD
      4m 18s
    6. Importing video
      2m 57s
    7. Unmounting a hard drive
      2m 57s
  5. 1h 2m
    1. Recording audio
      5m 6s
    2. Playing back audio
      10m 31s
    3. Creating a Click track
      4m 53s
    4. Overdubbing and using the record modes
      9m 25s
    5. Recording with playlists and the Loop Record mode
      3m 6s
    6. Punch recording and using the monitoring modes
      5m 28s
    7. Dealing with latency
      4m 17s
    8. Creating a group
      4m 33s
    9. Adding effects while recording
      7m 41s
    10. Creating a headphone (cue) mix
      5m 34s
    11. Assigning disk allocation
      2m 13s
  6. 1h 26m
    1. Understanding nondestructive editing and region types
      3m 31s
    2. Using the Selector and Grabber tools
      3m 29s
    3. Using the Trimmer and Scrubber tools
      6m 57s
    4. Using the Zoomer tool and Zoom presets
      5m 14s
    5. Using the Pencil tool
      3m 27s
    6. Using the Smart tool
      1m 26s
    7. Understanding the edit modes
      7m 54s
    8. Arranging regions
      8m 38s
    9. Undoing an edit
      2m 3s
    10. Utilizing fades and crossfades
      10m 29s
    11. Building a comp track using playlists
      5m 28s
    12. Locking and muting regions
      3m 36s
    13. Special buttons in the Editing window
      8m 16s
    14. Creating an audio loop
      5m 11s
    15. Editing a voiceover
      10m 59s
  7. 18m 43s
    1. Working with region groups
      5m 47s
    2. Setting time, tempo, meter, key, and chord
      5m 46s
    3. Creating memory locations
      7m 10s
  8. 35m 30s
    1. Setting up MIDI on a Mac
      4m 25s
    2. Setting up MIDI on a PC
      2m 50s
    3. Setting up MIDI in Pro Tools
      2m 46s
    4. Recording MIDI data
      5m 24s
    5. Recording multiple MIDI tracks with one virtual instrument
      2m 15s
    6. Recording options for MIDI
      6m 27s
    7. Using step input
      4m 45s
    8. Making a drum loop with MIDI Merge
      2m 51s
    9. Composing with virtual instruments
      3m 47s
  9. 48m 41s
    1. Using the edit tools for editing MIDI data
      8m 23s
    2. Editing MIDI data with the MIDI Editor
      7m 20s
    3. Working with the MIDI event list
      2m 41s
    4. Editing MIDI data with event operations
      8m 25s
    5. Quantizing MIDI tracks
      11m 31s
    6. Creating and using groove templates
      5m 59s
    7. Utilizing real-time properties
      4m 22s
  10. 18m 51s
    1. Exploring the Score Editor
      5m 22s
    2. Using the Score Editor
      6m 33s
    3. Setting up a score
      4m 30s
    4. Printing and exporting a score
      2m 26s
  11. 19m 0s
    1. Utilizing the Time Shift plug-in
      7m 41s
    2. Editing with Elastic Time
      8m 30s
    3. Editing with Elastic Pitch
      2m 49s
  12. 48m 20s
    1. Working with Boom
      11m 23s
    2. Working with Xpand2
      7m 21s
    3. Working with DB-33
      6m 58s
    4. Working with Vacuum
      7m 55s
    5. Working with Structure Free
      7m 12s
    6. Working with Mini Grand
      3m 57s
    7. Using Midi Learn
      3m 34s
  13. 25m 55s
    1. Writing and editing automation
      6m 4s
    2. Drawing automation with the Pencil tool
      4m 56s
    3. Editing automation with the Trimmer and Grabber tools
      2m 9s
    4. Cutting, copying, pasting, and clearing automation
      4m 5s
    5. Turning automation on and off
      4m 25s
    6. Automating plug-ins and virtual instruments
      4m 16s
  14. 1h 40m
    1. Setting up a session for mixing
      8m 0s
    2. Setting up an effects loop
      9m 18s
    3. Working with plug-ins
      3m 53s
    4. Dealing with delay compensation
      6m 51s
    5. Applying EQ
      9m 19s
    6. Adding compression
      11m 17s
    7. Applying limiters
      2m 57s
    8. Using Gates and Expanders
      4m 40s
    9. Working with Side Chains
      3m 35s
    10. Working with De-Essers
      3m 4s
    11. Adding delay
      7m 34s
    12. Utilizing modulation effects
      4m 43s
    13. Adding reverb
      7m 5s
    14. Adding harmonic effects
      5m 7s
    15. Renting and purchasing plug-ins
      2m 2s
    16. Applying AudioSuite plug-ins
      5m 19s
    17. Bouncing down a mix
      5m 50s
  15. 25m 44s
    1. Setting up a session for mastering
      8m 56s
    2. Using plug-ins for mastering
      8m 47s
    3. Applying Dither and Noise shaping
      4m 5s
    4. Bouncing down master recordings
      3m 56s
  16. 19m 52s
    1. Importing and displaying video files
      4m 20s
    2. Adding music, foley, ADR, and FX
      12m 28s
    3. Bouncing down video and audio together
      3m 4s
  17. 4m 50s
    1. Archiving an entire session
      4m 50s
  18. 31s
    1. Goodbye
      31s

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