Effects chains and effects chain presets are a great place to start when it comes to setting up a mix. An effects chain consists of several different effects chained together. Before I add an effects chain, I will turn off my Reverb and Delay sense, and all I do is simply click the Activate button that's highlighted blue, and turn it off. Now my sends are inactive. From the Inserts area, I'll click on the down arrow, and you can see that there are several different folders containing Effects Chains, Drums, Guitars, Instruments, Mastering, Send, Vocals, and Default. I'll choose Vocals, and I will choose Male Rock, and up pops an effects chain that has a compressor an EQ, and a reverb. Let's take a listen.
>> (MUSIC) I'm looking for a place,(MUSIC) A place that's on a different road. Can we get away. >> So, let's take a look at what's going on here. We have a compressor. >> (MUSIC) I'm looking for a place. >> And as you can see, it's working. And an EQ, double click on it. >> A place that's on a different road.
>> And there's a reverb. >> Can we get away? >> I'll remove these by clicking Remove All, and audition another effects chain. Let's choose Male Pop. That has a different combination. Notice its EQ compressor and delay as opposed to compressor EQ and reverb from the last effects chain. Lets take a listen. >> I'm looking for a place.
A place that's on a different road. >> Sometimes, it's advantageous to use EQ before compression, and sometimes it's advantageous to use EQ after compression. It really depends on the mixing situation. I'll remove these by clicking Remove All. And let's go down to Sends. The Send folder contains alternate effects chains that center around reverbs and delays, as opposed to EQs and compressors. I'll choose Vintage Delay.
(MUSIC). And as you can hear, that's pretty drastic. (SOUND) For now, I'll Remove All, and when it comes time to mixing, I'll choose my own EQ and compressor, because I'm comfortable with choosing the plugins one by one. Effects Chains are a great way to audition multiple effects at the same time to get a feel for what works and what doesn't work.
I encourage you to spend a few minutes experimenting with effects chains and their presets. While I very rarely use a preset in an as-is state, I do think that they're a great starting point.
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