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Pro Tools 9 Essential Training with musician and producer David Franz demonstrates concepts and techniques necessary for recording, editing, mixing, and mastering in the industry-standard software for music and post-production. The course covers creating music with virtual instruments and plugins, editing with elastic audio for time and pitch manipulation, creating a musical score, and mixing with effects loops. Exercise files accompany the course.
In this video, I'm going to show you how to add effects plug-ins to a track, as well as how to set up an effects loop to use while recording. In previous videos in this chapter, we've recorded this lead guitar and had a multi-delay plug-in on there. Now I want to keep that on there, but I'm actually going to slide it down one insert. So now I'm going to add one more in ahead of it, and we can choose from a whole slew of different ones here, but what I'm going to choose is this AIR Fuzz-Wah (mono).
And the great thing about adding plug- ins while you're recording is that it can inspire your performances. So creating a cool sound, instead of just the dry track, can really make you be more creative. So now we've got this Fuzz-Wah and this multi-delay on this track, and what happens is the signal is processed from top to bottom. So, this guitar track here is processed through the Fuzz-Wah, and then it goes to the multi-delay, and then it's out to the main outputs.
Over here, I'm going to choose one of the presets. I happen to like this Sixteenth Pulse. It sounds interesting with these tracts. So let's take a quick listen. (Music playing.) These effects are processing the track in real-time.
These are called RTAS plug-ins, Real Time Audio Suite plug-ins. If we want to bypass them, we can actually hit Command or Ctrl and click on them, or we can bypass them in the actual Plug-in window up with this Bypass button. Now I'm going to talk a lot more about plug-ins and specific controls within the plug-ins in later videos in this course, but I wanted to just show you a few here and help you get creative in the recording process.
Now I want to set up an effects loop, and I'm going to switch over to the Mix window to show you how to do this. So first, I'm going to create a new track, a stereo auxiliary track, and what I want to do is route both of these acoustic guitar tracks through a reverb plug-in. So I'm going to create an effects loop. How do we do that? Well first, I want to show the sends, and what I'm going to do is bus these two tracks over to this auxiliary track.
So I need to create a bus. Bus 1-2, I'm going to do the same here Bus 1-2. And to make things easier, I'm going to go up to the View menu and choose Sends A, and now I can see all their controls right here. So I'll boost these levels and if you want to go straight to zero, you can press Option on a Mac or Alt on a PC, and that'll take this right to zero. And now I'm going to pan one left and one right.
So now a copy all of these acoustic guitar signals are going out of these sends. However, they're not being received anywhere, so we need to set the input of this auxiliary track to the same bus. The final step is that we need to choose a plug-in, and I'll choose the D-Verb plug-in, and I'll just keep it on the hall in the large size. So now, both of these acoustic guitar tracks are routed to this auxiliary track through the Bus 1-2, which will process them with the D-Verb, and all of this will be routed out to the analog 1 and 2, so you here a mix of the dry tracks from here and the affected tracks here, and let's check out what this sounds like.
First, we'll hear the acoustic guitars by themselves soloed. (Music playing.) So you can control the overall reverb level with this fader on the auxiliary track, and you can also adjust the individual send levels right here.
So when you're recording, you can utilize individual effects on certain tracks to inspire, or you can set up affects loops to help create a different vibe while you're recording. You know, a lot of vocalists like to hear reverb or delay on their vocals, and so you can set up reverb and delay effects loops like this while you're recording them. And I'm going to cover even more about using effects in the videos about mixing in this course.
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