[ardour-users] how to add send effects

derek holzer derek at x-i.net
Fri Jun 11 07:31:06 PDT 2004

Josh Karnes wrote:

> I'm stymied by the "send" process in Ardour.  Basically I want to add 
> plugins like you would with a regular mixer.  So for example, I want to 
> set up a reverb on a send so I can send whatever amount from each 
> channel to the reverb (stereo).  How do I do this?

To insert an effect, right click in the top-most black box on the mixer 
strip. This should give you an "add plugin" option. You can do this for 
one track, or create a new track, add your plugin there, and use the 
"Output" dialog to route multiple tracks there. You will only hear the 
effects in this case with "record" for that track armed, however any 
effects inserted into tracks with existing regions will be heard 
normally [so long as the effect is not bypassed].

Two things to watch out for, which do bug me a bit:

1) There is no way to know which effects are realtime or not. This can 
lead to a freeze or crash if you try to playback with the wrong plugin.

2) Plugins with only one input are not allowed to load into stereo [or 
more] tracks. You will have to split the region into mono files. This 
makes sense, of course, but there is no way of knowing which plugins are 
mono ahead of time.

I think both of these issues could be solved somewhere along the line 
with an added description field in the plugin browser, similar to the 
information provided by Jack-Rack.

good luck,


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