Learn about creating sends and setting send levels as well as return routing and solo safe.
- [Narrator] Although inserts can be useful for effects processing, at times you'll be better served by using a send and return configuration instead. This will enable you to share the effects processing among many tracks and it can also simplify automating your effects later on. In the Crash Down session here, I need to add a long delay for use during part of the vocal performance on the Vox 2 track. Because I might want to use this same long delay for other tracks elsewhere in my mix, I'll configure this using a send to an Aux Input track.
I'll start by configuring the Aux Input track next to the existing delay effects track here, and I'll use the Aux track as the FX return. So here I'll just set this to a stereo Aux Input track and I'll name that Delay FX2. At this point, I'll also command click on the solo button here, to activate solo safe mode for the track. That will prevent the track from muting when I solo another track in the session and the allow the FX processing to remain in the mix while other tracks are solo isolated.
This is a good general practice for your FX returns and other Aux Input tracks. Next, I'll add an error multi-delay to this track and I can save time by copying the plug-in that's already in use on the original Delay FX track. To do that, I'll just option drag the plug-in to the Delay FX2 track. On windows, use the Alt modifier instead. And now, I'll open that up and set the parameters. I created custom preset for this earlier called DFX2, which I've saved in the sessions setting folder.
So I'll select that. Now if the custom preset doesn't take on the first try, give it a try again, because sometimes plug-in presets can be a bit finicky. Next, I'll add a send from the Vox 2 track. I'm using the top send position, send A, for a room reverb on all these tracks, and I'm putting my Delay sends down towards the bottom of the list, just to help keep things organized. So I'll put the send to the Delay FX2 on send position E, here at the bottom.
Now any send position would work here, there's no technical difference between them, this is purely an organizational matter. But being organized will pay off with increased efficiency in the long run. So here I'm going to create a Bus send, and I'll use Bus 5-6 for this purpose. Notice that I could create a send directly to my destination track, but I'm going to use the long way for now to illustrate the process. And here again, it doesn't matter which Bus you choose, so long as that Bus in not already in use.
Creating a send automatically opens the send window, and the send level defaults to minus infinity. So if i wanted, I could bring up the send fader at this point. You can also set the fader to unity gain by option clicking on the mac, or alt clicking on windows, but in my case, I'll leave this turned off for now. Okay, so at this point, I've added the send to the source track, but I haven't yet routed the send to the destination.
Which is the Aux track for the Effects Return over here. To do that, I can use the input path selector on the Delay FX2 track and select the same Bus that I used on the send, Bus 5-6. So now the send and return configuration is complete. I'll just add one more tip here. To keep track of what each Bus is being used for, it helps to give them descriptive names. You can do that by right clicking on any input, output, or send selector where the bus it active, and selecting Rename.
Here I'll call this, the DFX2 Bus. Now we can see the new name, in the input path selector over here, as well as in the send selector over here. So that's the general idea behind setting up a send and return for FX processing. Using an Aux Input track as the FX return and configure the plug-in you want to use on that track. Enable solo save on the Aux track, so that the effect remains active as you work, and route to the FX return from your track's send selectors using an internal mix Bus.
Configuring your sends and returns with purpose will help you remain organized and efficient throughout the mixing process.
- Starting a new session
- Customizing settings
- Optimizing the performance of Pro Tools
- Importing loops and tracks
- Working with meter changes
- Recording multiple takes
- Changing the track timebase
- Editing MIDI clips
- Warping sound and tightening rhythm with Elastic Audio
- Using the Smart Tool
- Color coding tracks
- Editing on the grid
- Working with AudioSuite plug-ins
- Working with sends, plug-ins, and master faders
- Working with track subsets
- Finalizing and exporting media