[ardour-dev] A little of the ol' In and Out...

Russell Hanaghan hanaghan at starband.net
Thu Oct 21 19:28:52 PDT 2004

Doug McLain wrote:

> Cross-posting from ardour-user:
> Im confused about Ins and Outs, mostly regarding plugins.  The 
> sessions I typically create are mono tracks, with a 2 channel (stereo) 
> Master bus.  This makes each of my tracks a 1in/2out track, correct?  
> (each input has one source, each output goes to master/in1 and 
> master/in2)
> The plugins i've been using to date are either 2in/2out or 1in/1out.  
> If I add a 1/1 plugin to post fader by itself (or with other 1/1 
> plugins), nothing changes, correct?
> If I add a 2/2 plugin to post fader, what happens here?  I get 
> confused trying to imagine the connections here.  Does the track's 
> mono audio just get routed to both of the plugin's ins? Then the 2outs 
> of the plugin connect directly to the tracks 2 outs?
> The situation that makes this a concern to me is that I am using 2 
> combinations of plugins pretty routinely.  a 2/2 and 1/1 together (SC4 
> and TAP EQ), and a 2/2 and 2/2 together (SC4 and TAP Stereo Echo).  
> I'm trying to figure out in which order should the 1/1 and 2/2 be 
> inserted and why.  My thoughts are that by using the 1/1 first, the 
> 2/2 connects to its output just like it would the bare track, and 
> thats the best way??  As far as the 2/2 combo I'm assuming the order 
> doesnt matter?
> OK as I write this I think I may be starting to understand the madness 
> a little better.  TAP Stereo Echo for example, actually does stuff to 
> the L and R channels independently, so it naturally needs to be a 
> 2in/2out plugin.  And in the case of one of my 1in/2out tracks, its 
> fine to put any 1/1 plugins in front of it, but puttign a 1/1 after it 
> would defeat any L/R specific stuff it did to the audio signal; is 
> that correct?  In my case, though, im using TAP Stereo Echo with SC4 
> so it probably doesnt matter much which one is first?  Any thoughts/ 
> opinons there?  And most importantly, am I uderstanding this correctly?
> Thanks for any insight,
> Doug

Being an Aussie a LONG way from home I can just appreciate the title! 
Could use some of that myself!! :)

BTW...Congrats Paul!


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